Curta Calculating Machines

[Trying to clear out the queue of draft posts here… I started writing this post in September of 2008 but never posted it for some reason!]

Thanks to Rod at Reasonable Deviations, I recently read about Curta calculators — amazing mechanical calculators that were manufactured from the 1940s to 1970s.

If you want to play with one, here’s a simulator that someone made. If would be even more fun to play with one in real life, of course, but I hear they are rather expensive now! I saw one in real life in a display case in the Princeton computer science department—but of course I didn’t get to play with it.

I also encourage you to go read Rod’s post, which includes a number of other links to information about these fascinating machines!

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Assistant Professor of Computer Science at Hendrix College. Functional programmer, mathematician, teacher, pianist, follower of Jesus.
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4 Responses to Curta Calculating Machines

  1. Rod Carvalho says:

    Another incredibly sexy analog computer is the Phillips machine.

  2. Brent says:

    Wow, so it is!

  3. Mary says:

    Pretty cool post. I just came by your site and wanted to say
    that I have really liked reading your posts. Anyway
    I’ll be subscribing to your feed and I hope you post again soon!

  4. Dave says:

    Just checked out the Phillips Machine. Incredible!

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