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'Consul' the Educated Monkey, 1916.

Consul' the Educated Monkey. A mathematical toy calculator patented by William Robertson in 1916 and made by the Educational Novelty Company of Dayton, Ohio, USA. When each of the monkey's feet are moved to point at two numbers, the monkey's hands m

 
Klein bottle, 1995.

A single surface glass vessel made by Alan Bennett in Bedford, 1995. It consists of three Klein bottles sharing an inlet tube which when cut produces three pairs of single-twist Mobius strips. A Klein bottle is a surface which has no edges, no outsid

 
Klein bottles, 1995.

Single surface models made by Alan Bennett in Bedford, 1995. Three toroid single surface vessels, one with the loop inside the torus, one with a narrow loop outside and one with a wider loop outside. All can be cut to produce a pair of single-twist M

 
Klein bottle, 1995.

A single surface model made by Alan Bennett in Bedford, 1995. It is a toroid Klein bottle with disguised pierce which when cut produces a pair of single-twist Mobius strips. A Klein bottle has no edges, no outside or inside and cannot be properly con

 
Napier's Bones, 1671-1700.

Napier's bones in brass, 17th century. John Napier (1550-1617), inventor of logarithms, also created this popular calculating tool known as Napier's cylindrical 'rods' or 'bones'. Napier's rods reduced muliplication to a sequence of simple additions

 
Two gilt bronze arithmetical medals, 1753.

Two gilt bronze "arithmetical medals" sold by J.Maddux at the "Hand and Pen", Brook Street, Holbourn, c. 1753. The medals are inscribed with the multiplication tables up to 10 on one side and the 12 times table on the other. They indicate the relativ

 
Laundry tally board, c 1680.

Laundry tally board, English, of wood, brass and horn

 
Circular slide rule, 1660-1680.

A circular slide rule, made by John Brown, with two brass radial arms and an stronomical quadrant engraved on the back. A spiral slide rule affords a long and therefore accurate logarithmic line in a small amount of space. The potential of spiral rul

 
Hines' 'Patent Weight and Quantity Calculator', c 1908.

Mechanical ready reckoner patented by Patented by James Hines. This form of calculator gave costs of various quantities of goods at various prices per pound, hundredweight or ton. The quantity was set by turning the apropriate wheel at the side, and

 
Klein bottle, 1995-1996.

A Klein bottle is a surface which has no edges, no outside or inside.

 
 
 
 
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