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LEGO calculator
Message #1 Posted by Patrick Rendulic on 10 Oct 2007, 10:42 a.m.

I don't know whether someone has posted this before:

http://acarol.woz.org/

A working LEGO calculator!

      
Awesome !!! 8-O
Message #2 Posted by Valentin Albillo on 10 Oct 2007, 10:53 a.m.,
in response to message #1 by Patrick Rendulic

Thanks for bringing it up to our attention !

Best regards from V.

      
Re: LEGO calculator
Message #3 Posted by Paul Dale on 10 Oct 2007, 4:48 p.m.,
in response to message #1 by Patrick Rendulic

It has been mentioned here before I think. Try also the Meccano/Erector difference engine it was based on. Or better explore the entire site. I believe Tim is working on the Babbage analytic engine at the moment.

- Pauli

      
Re: LEGO calculator
Message #4 Posted by Thomas Okken on 10 Oct 2007, 5:11 p.m.,
in response to message #1 by Patrick Rendulic

I could have sworn it was mentioned here before, but if it was, I can't find it. Oh, well, I must have seen it while idly browsing woz.org many moons ago.
A LEGO difference engine is not an HP calculator, but it is so cool that I'm going to say Thank You for pointing it out anyway. :-)

- Thomas

      
If only Babbage could have one...(was: LEGO calculator)N.T.
Message #5 Posted by Vieira, Luiz C. (Brazil) on 10 Oct 2007, 5:50 p.m.,
in response to message #1 by Patrick Rendulic

            
A famous quote from Babbage
Message #6 Posted by Karl Schneider on 10 Oct 2007, 11:25 p.m.,
in response to message #5 by Vieira, Luiz C. (Brazil)

Hi, Luiz --

A famous quote from Charles Babbage:

Quote:
On two occasions I have been asked, – "Pray, Mr. Babbage, if you put into the machine wrong figures, will the right answers come out?" In one case a member of the Upper, and in the other a member of the Lower, House put this question. I am not able rightly to apprehend the kind of confusion of ideas that could provoke such a question.

-- KS

                  
Thank you! A pure gem!
Message #7 Posted by Vieira, Luiz C. (Brazil) on 11 Oct 2007, 2:25 a.m.,
in response to message #6 by Karl Schneider

So that was the kind of thought Babbage´s difference machine caused the members of the House (of the Lords, I presume) to be bothered with. Poor Babbage... extra wondering and worriness.

Thanks again.

Luiz (Brazil)


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