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Calculators are silent, ubiquitous, boring, and utterly reliable - to the point where you don’t even question the answers that you get. In the early 1960’s they were big, heavy, noisy, smelly objects. They had unique interfaces and needed constant maintenance for reliability. Calculation was a visceral process that shook the entire table.
Mark Glusker gave a talk about his collection of mechanical calculating machines and what makes them so compelling: from their mechanical complexity to the unique interfaces, and industrial design. After the talk there was an orchestrated calculation performed simultaneously by 6 mechanical calculators and members of the audience.
Great Calculation Weekend from machine project on Vimeo.
Video: Maria Mortati & Mark Glusker
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