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How Does One Calculate With A Circular Slide Rule?
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How Does One Calculate With A Circular Slide Rule?

The circular slide rule was widely used until the 1970s.

New Areas for Application of Self-Organizing Routing
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New Areas for Application of Self-Organizing Routing

To organize the productive work of multiprocessor chips, it is necessary to establish an efficient distribution of computational processes between computational...

The World's Most Magnificent Historical Calculating Machines
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The World's Most Magnificent Historical Calculating Machines

The design of today's electronic computers is usually not very appealing, in contrast to magnificent mechanical calculating machines from earlier times.

The World's Most Magnificent Historical Automatons
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The World's Most Magnificent Historical Automatons

Automatons are ubiquitous. Some of the most magnificent works in the genre have survived in museums.

Superb Historical Robots
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Superb Historical Robots

The world's most magnificent historical robots.

An Enigmatic Device from Denmark
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An Enigmatic Device from Denmark

Discovery of a very rare surveying instrument in Denmark.

Tracking Down a Seminal Work on Computer Construction – in Russian
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Tracking Down a Seminal Work on Computer Construction – in Russian

A Russian edition of Rutishauser's standard work on computer construction.

Discovery: User Manual of the Oldest Surviving Computer in the World
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Discovery: User Manual of the Oldest Surviving Computer in the World

A rare find: the user manual of the oldest surviving computer in the world, the Zuse Z4 relay machine (1945).

Automatic Translators are Not Really Capable of Learning
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Automatic Translators are Not Really Capable of Learning

One does not get the impression the Google Translate and DeepL translation programs are self-learning and have made real progress.

The World's Largest Commercial Cylindrical Slide Rule has a Scale Length of 24m
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The World's Largest Commercial Cylindrical Slide Rule has a Scale Length of 24m

The world's largest mass-produced cylindrical slide rules come from Loga-Calculator AG in Zurich/Uster, Switzerland.

Hacking the Axis
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Hacking the Axis

The role of early high-performance computing capabilities in World War II.

Why Is There No Well-Known Swiss IT Industry?
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Why Is There No Well-Known Swiss IT Industry?

Herbert Bruderer asks why no information technology industry emerged in Switzerland in the 1950s, despite the appearance of computers from several sources.

Leonardo da Vinci's Robot Lion
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Leonardo da Vinci's Robot Lion

We are celebrating the 500th anniversary of Leonardo da Vinci's death with a major exhibition of the Renaissance painter's works.

How Do You Calculate with the Sector?
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How Do You Calculate with the Sector?

The sector was developed in the second half of the 16th century, and was in widespread use until the end of the 19th century,

Will We All Be Wearing Wearables?
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Will We All Be Wearing Wearables?

If wearable computing products are really needed, what are the biggest practical and research challenges to mainstream adoption?

The Model Maker of Leonardo da Vinci, Blaise Pascal, and Charles Babbage
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The Model Maker of Leonardo da Vinci, Blaise Pascal, and Charles Babbage

Discovery of a previously unknown replica of the legendary Swiss Millionaire calculating machine at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA.

Mystery Dating of the World-famous 'Millionaire' Calculating Machine Solved
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Mystery Dating of the World-famous 'Millionaire' Calculating Machine Solved

Regarding the discovery of new documents about the H.W. Egli AG (Zurich) company in the Museum für Kommunikation, Berne, Switzerland.

Did Albert Einstein Calculate on the 'Millionaire' in Zurich?
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Did Albert Einstein Calculate on the 'Millionaire' in Zurich?

In 1897, ETH Zurich was the first university in the world to have a copy of the legendary four-species calculating machine Millionaire.

The Binary System Was Created Long Before Leibniz
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The Binary System Was Created Long Before Leibniz

There are reports of much older number systems using only two symbols that have been developed mainly in Asia.

SC16 Expands Focus on HPC Provider Community, Practitioners
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SC16 Expands Focus on HPC Provider Community, Practitioners

State of the Practice focus at SC16 expands opportunities for HPC service providers and practitioners to publish their innovations and best practices.
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