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The Strangest And Most Beautiful Calculators Humanity Has Ever Created

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We tend to think of calculators as devices house in dull plastic boxes, but these calculators show them for the range of mechanical wonders that they are, from gleaming dials to monkey-shaped viewers to pens from some retrofuturistic world.

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The Pascaline or Pascal's Calculator, by Blaise Pascal. It could add, subtract, multiply and divide two numbers (1642)

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This machine, built by Johann Helfrich Müller around 1784

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A mechanical calculator designed by Joseph Edmonson, patented in 1883

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Mercedes-Gauss, around 1905

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The Adall Calculator, a 7.7 in (195 mm) diameter hundred-tooth disc, manufactured in Birmingham, England during the 1910s and 1920s

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An adding machine for blood cells, patented in 1922, manufactured in Chicago, Illinois

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Consul, the Educated Monkey, originally produced in the early 1920s in Dayton, Ohio. It is a remake from the German DBS, produced around 2005.

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The Baby Calculator, marketed between the 1920s and 1960s

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The Water Integrator, that could solve (partial) differential equations, built by Vladimir Lukyanov, 1936

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The water levels in the chambers represented stored numbers, and the rate of flow between them represented the mathematical operations.

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The hand-cranked calculator Curta, invented by Curt Herzstark in 1948. Type II was introduced in 1954 and produced until 1972.

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The first calculator in a ball-point pen: Calcu-Pen, made in Japan, debuted in 1975. It had four-way switches and a 8-digit red LED display.

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