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Calculators Collection

"From Ancient Quipus to Modern Calculators: A Journey through Mathematical Ingenuity" In the 1930s, M. I. T

Background imageCalculators Collection: M. I. T. Calculator 1930S

M. I. T. Calculator 1930S
The Differential Analyser calculating machine designed at Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Background imageCalculators Collection: Peruvian Quipu

Peruvian Quipu
A quipu of ancient Peru

Background imageCalculators Collection: An Inca Using A Quipu

An Inca Using A Quipu
Illustration of the Keeper of the Quipu, a device used by the Incas to record mathematical data and possibly non-numerical information as well, 1565

Advertisement for the Arithmometer, calculating machine, 1862
7125130 Advertisement for the Arithmometer, calculating machine, 1862; (add.info.: Advertisement for the Arithmometer, calculating machine)

Background imageCalculators Collection: Calculating machine by Mr Thomas de Colmar, Paris (engraving)

Calculating machine by Mr Thomas de Colmar, Paris (engraving)
8634944 Calculating machine by Mr Thomas de Colmar, Paris (engraving) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Calculating machine by Mr Thomas de Colmar, Paris)

Background imageCalculators Collection: Commonplace workbook kept by William Spink, RN, including mathematical calculations

Commonplace workbook kept by William Spink, RN, including mathematical calculations and methods for calculating at sea
7342539 Commonplace workbook kept by William Spink, RN, including mathematical calculations and methods for calculating at sea, 1697-1705 (paper, ink) by Spink

Background imageCalculators Collection: Samuel Morland's mechanical calculator in brassware and silver, 1664 (brass)

Samuel Morland's mechanical calculator in brassware and silver, 1664 (brass)
DEX5040743 Samuel Morland's mechanical calculator in brassware and silver, 1664 (brass) by Unknown Artist, (17th century); Istituto e Museo di Storia della Scienza, Florence

Background imageCalculators Collection: Calculator by Tito Gonnella (born 1794), 1896 (object)

Calculator by Tito Gonnella (born 1794), 1896 (object)
DEX5040748 Calculator by Tito Gonnella (born 1794), 1896 (object) by Italian School, (19th century); Istituto e Museo di Storia della Scienza, Florence

Background imageCalculators Collection: New Calculating Machine (engraving)

New Calculating Machine (engraving)
1602336 New Calculating Machine (engraving) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: New Calculating Machine. Illustration for The Illustrated London News, 30 June 1855)

Background imageCalculators Collection: THOMAS ARITHOMETER 1851

THOMAS ARITHOMETER 1851
Thomas Arithometer. Date: 1851

Background imageCalculators Collection: ODHNERS CALCULATOR 1904

ODHNERS CALCULATOR 1904
Odhners calculator. Date: 1904

Background imageCalculators Collection: MEXICAN QUIPU (1857)

MEXICAN QUIPU (1857)
A quipu of ancient Mexico

Background imageCalculators Collection: Calculating machine designed by Blaise Pascal. Pascals calculators were also known as Pascalines

Calculating machine designed by Blaise Pascal. Pascals calculators were also known as Pascalines. After an illustration by Louvet in Iuvres de Blaise Pascal, published 1819

Background imageCalculators Collection: Tubular Slide Rule

Tubular Slide Rule
OTIS KING TUBULAR SLIDE RULE a mechanical calculating devise using addition & subtraction of logarithms to simplify division and multiplication Date: circa 1960

Background imageCalculators Collection: Abacus with brown and yellow balls

Abacus with brown and yellow balls

Background imageCalculators Collection: Calculator with fingers and face, calculating

Calculator with fingers and face, calculating

Background imageCalculators Collection: Scientific calculator

Scientific calculator. This electronic device can be used to carry out advanced mathematical calculations, and can also be programmed to carry out series of calculations

Background imageCalculators Collection: Pascals Calculator

Pascals Calculator
PASCAL Pascals calculating machine


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"From Ancient Quipus to Modern Calculators: A Journey through Mathematical Ingenuity" In the 1930s, M. I. T. Introduced a groundbreaking calculator that revolutionized mathematical computations. However, long before this technological marvel, the Peruvian Quipu served as an ancient precursor to calculators. An Inca using a quipu would manipulate its knotted strings to perform basic arithmetic. Advancing further in history, we encounter Pascal's Calculator, invented by Blaise Pascal in the 17th century. This mechanical wonder crafted from brass and silver allowed for complex calculations with ease. Samuel Morland's innovative mechanical calculator also made its mark during this time period. Fast forward to Tito Gonnella's creation in 1896 – an object that combined functionality and beauty into one remarkable calculator. Its intricate design showcased both craftsmanship and mathematical prowess. The Tubular Slide Rule emerged as a popular tool for engineers and scientists alike, offering quick solutions without electronic components. Meanwhile, the New Calculating Machine of yesteryears left us mesmerized with its engraved details depicting mathematical precision. Thomas Arithometer of 1851 brought forth yet another milestone in calculating technology – a device that simplified complex operations while maintaining accuracy throughout calculations. Odhnér's Calculator of 1904 took inspiration from previous inventions but added new features like automatic carry propagation mechanisms for faster results. Even beyond borders, Mexican Quipus made their appearance in 1857 as an alternative method of calculation rooted in indigenous cultures' wisdom and knowledge systems. As we reflect on these historical artifacts such as Pascals' Calculators or Mexican Quipus, it becomes evident how human ingenuity has continuously strived towards simplifying complex mathematics throughout centuries.