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It is a fact that, apart from the peripherals, the whole of a computer can be made from NAND gates. The Egyptians created NAND gates using marbles rolling down chutes and employed them as booby traps in pyramids. Did the Egyptians invent the computer? If not, explain fundamentally why not.


I've been called for computer science interview at Cambridge. The above is one of the sample questions asked at an interview. How would I go about this question?
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It is a fact that, apart from the peripherals, the whole of a computer can be made from NAND gates. The Egyptians created NAND gates using marbles rolling down chutes and employed them as booby traps in pyramids. Did the Egyptians invent the computer? If not, explain fundamentally why not.


I've been called for computer science interview at Cambridge. The above is one of the sample questions asked at an interview. How would I go about this question?
Presumably the usual rules apply i.e. there isn't a right answer as such and the question is there to provide you with an opening to impress them with what you think about logic gates and what makes a computer a computer.
If you're into ancient tech I guess you might want to talk about the Antikythera mechanism - which was a computer that didn't contain logic gates of any sort... or something like that.

anyway I don't have any inside knowledge but there are or were some oxbridge CS admissions tutors knocking around on TSR - posting on an oxbridge forum seems to summon them if they're about.
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