Interesting Links from Smelter

Sun, 21 Oct 2012

Friend of the website, Smelter, sent in some interesting links relating to items on the site. I'm adding them to the appropriate pages but so that you don't miss them I'm listing them here as well.

Curta, Mechanical Calculator: These things are fantastic!  A purely mechanical mathematical calculator.

I've added a link to the Gears from the Greeks page.

 

Synchronising Metronomes: Thirty two metronomes are set running. Over a period of a few minutes they synchronise their ticking. Watch the very last metronome as it goes from 180° out of synch to fully in sync with the others. Fascinating stuff!

I've added this link to the pendulum zine page. 

 

Antikythera Mechanism: A mini documentary about the incredible Greek mechanism used to plot the position of the planets. 

I've added a link from the Gears from the Greeks Page.

 

Thanks Smelter!

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Comments (3)

  • maxlrainer October 21, 2012 at 6:11 pm

    Great find, Smelter.
    Also it

    Great find, Smelter.

    Also it is mostly in German (there are a few English links), I would like to recommend this website:

    http://www.curta.de/

    Here you can find everything about Curt Herzstark and his famous calculator. Even a curta-simulator:

    http://www.curta.de/kr34/index.htm

  • michael42er October 23, 2012 at 10:38 am

    Thanks Smelter and

    Thanks Smelter and Maxlrainer, for the hints. I have it read  with great interest. (and then in German). I particularly like also the ability to use the virtual machine (curta simulator).

    Michael

  • texmec November 11, 2012 at 9:46 pm

    Yes, Curtas are amazing

    Yes, Curtas are amazing machines! Everything Curta can be found here, as well:

    http://www.curta.org

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