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    The 'Multiplicateur Enfantin' ready reckoner, c 1880.

    Automatic calculator: Chambon's "Multiplicateur Enfantin". The device shows multiplication tables up to 50 times 28.

     
    Quipu, South American, c 15th century.

    Replica of a quipu made from an original held at the Museum of Natural History, New York, in 1974. Quipus were used by the Incas during the 15th and early 16th centuries as records of all types of accounts. It was discovered in the early 20th century

     
    Napier's Bones, c 1690.

    Set of Napier's bones in boxwood, in a boxwood case. John Napier (1550-1617), discoverer of logarithms, also created this popular calculating tool known as Napier's cylindrical 'rods' or 'bones'. Napier's bones reduced muliplication to a sequence of

     
    Brunsviga calculating machine, 1892.

    Brunsviga calculating machine with lid, no262. c.1892. This barrel calculating machine represents the Brunsviga in its earliest form. Barrel calculating machines were smaller, lighter and easier to operate than Arithmometers. The machine performs mu

     
    Klein bottle, 1995.

    A single surface model made by Alan Bennett in Bedford, 1995. It consists of three Klein bottles set inside each other sharing a common loop. When cut this gives a pair of single-twist Mobius strips. A Klein bottle has no edges, no outside or inside

     
    Model depicting face-centred cubic packing, 1975.

    Model to show face-centre cubic packing made of ping-pong balls.1975. This model imitates a stuctural form found in crystals.

     
    Klein bottle, 1995.

    A single surface model made by Alan Bennett in Bedford, 1995. It consists of a parallel sided coil with loops piercing the return tube which when theoretically cut gives a pair of 13-twist Mobius strips. A Klein bottle has no edges, no outside or ins

     
    Two Klein bottles, 1995.

    Single surface glass vessel made by Alan Bennett in Bedford, 1995 The triple loop Klein bottle when cut gives a pair of five-twist Mobius strips. A Klein bottle is a surface which has no edges, no outside or inside and cannot properly be constructe

     
    Model of a cylindroid, 1895-1900.

    Wire model of a 'cylindroid' by Howard Grubb, Dublin in brass glazed cylindrical case on a wooden base. The model was made on the instructions of Robert Stawell Ball who wrote the definitive work 'A treatise on the Theory of Screws' in 1900. Thomas G

     
    'Playskool' wooden toy, 1960-1980.

    Playskool wooden toy, a wooden framework with rotating blocks bearing numbers and symbols to do arithmetic. 1960-1980. Toys to help with arithmetic were introduced from the start of the 20th century.