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05:39 Feb 5, 2012
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Tech/Engineering - Computers: Software / Calculators
English term or phrase: Origin of calculators
hello, someone could please help with this phrase... "It performed arithmetic when linked dials were turned".
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Summary of answers provided
5 +1adding machine
Vaddy Peters
Summary of reference entries provided
An 8,000 year old system:
B D Finch

  

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origin of calculators
adding machine


Explanation:
adding machine, arithmometer, comptometer - these are different names of a mechanical computing machine where calculations are performed by turning a handle which rotates interconnected discs with numbers

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Note added at 2 hrs (2012-02-05 07:41:00 GMT)
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sorry, disks, of course

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Note added at 2 hrs (2012-02-05 07:42:41 GMT)
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See pictures at: Arithmometer – Wikipedia
de.wikipedia.org/.../Arit... -
Ein Arithmometer ist eine mechanische Rechenmaschine, auf die der Franzose Charles Xavier Thomas de Colmar (1785-1870) im Jahre 1820 ein Patent erhielt ...

Vaddy Peters

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agree  B D Finch: Not as good as an even older invention: the abacus, but took less skill to operate and made more money for the manufacturer.
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5 hrs
Reference: An 8,000 year old system:

Reference information:
See Japanese children learning to use the abacus and eventually using imaginary ones to do super-fast mental arithmetic.

A video shows how a nine-year old with an imaginary abacus performs calculations three times faster than an adult with a calculator.


    Reference: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6m6s-ulE6LY
    Reference: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yj7XbnYrIk0&feature=related
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