Figure 1: The Cards

*ECMA*, is directed by cards in which holes have been punched in particular patterns to identify particular arithmetical and control operations and is fed numbers identified by similar cards. By carefully arranging these cards we can contrive to perform all manner of mathematical calculations literally

*dozens*of times faster than we might manage with pencil and paper!

Transcribing a mathematical algorithm into punched cards would be a terrifically tedious endeavour were it not for an insight made by Countess L-------; that

*letters*could be encoded as numbers and consequently be subjected to mathematical manipulation. She proceeded to define an algorithmical language,

*ECMAScript*, and put together a deck of cards that enabled the machine itself to transcribe algorithms expressed in it!

Truly, we live in an age of wonders!

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