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Brunsviga calculating machine

Science involves calculation as well as experiment and theorising. Gradually improving equipment for calculation was a feature of twentieth-century science, from calculators at the beginning to computers at the end. A mechanical calculator like this one was still being used in the 1950s to study and analyse the growing cases of lung cancer in Britain. Brunsviga was the brand name of a popular series of calculating machines produced by the German manufacturer Grimme, Natalis and Company from the 1890s onwards.

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Glossary: pinwheel calculating machine

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Glossary: lung cancer

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