Though it is frequently stated that binary numeration was first formally proposed by Leibniz as an illustration of his dualistic philosophy, the mathematical papers of Thomas Hariot (1560–1621) show clearly that Hariot not only experimented with number systems, but also understood clearly the theory and practice of binary numeration nearly a century before Leibniz's time.

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