Friday, February 22, 2013 11:55:34 PM
@OldOllie: "We used slide rules just like that one to go to the moon."
Yes, I know, Ollie. The point I'm echoing from the video is that it`s easier to read the digits off a Curta when you`re bouncing around in a rally car than it is to read the increments off a slide rule. If you dispute that, I`d like to see you solve 26,648 * 439,417 with a slide rule while jogging on a treadmill @ 6 mph. You *could* do exactly that with a Curta--and get an exact answer, not a slide rule`s approximation.
@Draculya: "Ultimate? Friden SRW is far more advanced."
Draculya, the whole point of this post is that the Curta was state-of-the-art in POCKET calculators (see the title of this post). At over 40 pounds, the Friden SRW was hardly pocketable.