A Piece of History Many of Us Lived
This week's Mathematician of the Week poses some questions regarding the history of electronic hand-held calculators. Thus, it is only appropriate that a complementary web site be reviewed as well.
The web site of interest is the Vintage Calculators Web Museum. It is a good place to start as it overviews the evolution from mechanical calculators to pocket electronic calculators.
If you enjoy reliving some "experienced" history, some key things to browse are:
Enjoy the browsing...and for some, you lived part of this history. I remember my first hand-held calculator, it was the .....
- Descriptions and pictures of vintage mechanical calculators, electronic desktop calculators, and hand-held electronic calculators
- A survey of calculator companies, especually those significant in the development of electronic calculators
- Album of more than 1000 photographs of hand-held calculators (and some early advertisements)
- A special section aimed at collectors of hand-held calculators, originally produced by the now defunct International Association of Calculator Collectors
- An open call for help regarding missing information for some early hand-held calculators during the 1960s and 1970s
- A calculator time-line
- An understandable description of the technology used in mechanical and early electronic calculators
- The historical development of calculator electronics, from heavyweight desktop machines to inexpensive hand-held calculators
- Links to a ton of calculator resources
- And, an unusual FAQ section.