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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

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.

The 'Tell Bell' educational game, English, 1928-1932.

The 'Tell Bell' educational game, made by Knapp Electrical Inc, a division of P. R. Mallory & Co. Inc.. An educational toy requiring the player to answer multiply choice questions involving mathematics. Answers are selected with template cards and

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

Farey's ellipsograph, 1817.

Farey's ellipsograph dated 1817 in mahogany case. An ellipsograph is used to draw ellipses, which consist of a combination of two circular motions. The drawing pencil is fixed in position in a central ring, which then revolves. At the same time, the

The 'Brical' British calculator, 1905.

Brical' adding machine in case with two bone styluses. Patented by H and M Dickinson, the 'Brical' was Britain's answer to the French circular 'Tronset' instrument and is a modification of it. It was designed to add sums of money from 1/2d to £500.

GEM calculator, 1890.

Gem' calculating machine, J.Guthrie's patent No 15062, 1890. The GEM calculator is a simple device for the addition of English money. Numbers are added by inserting a stylus against the figure and pulling downward.

Bissaker's slide rule, 1654, and Thacher's calculating instrument, 1881.

The earliest known dated slide rule, made by Robert Bissaker, which uses scales bound together with metal bands.