Calculation - Comparison To Computation

Comparison To Computation

Calculate comes from the Greek word Κάχληκα or gravel in English because Greeks used gravel for counting. In English, calculation involves numbers and the word usually connotes a simple process, but computation may be done by applying specific rules, with or without numbers, and the word is chosen for more complex tasks.

Calculation is a prerequisite for computation. The difference in the meaning of calculation and computation appears to originate from the late medieval period.

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