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The Curta Mechanical Pocket Calculator

Before electronic calculators, the Curta was state-of-the-art. Now available on eBay for $810.

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The Curta Mechanical Pocket Calculator. Before electronic calculators, the Curta was state-of-the-art. Now available on eBay for $810.
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Squrlz4Sale
Male, 40-49, Eastern US
 6018 Posts
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.

OldOllie
Male, 60-69, Midwest US
 13006 Posts
Friday, February 22, 2013 10:47:36 PM
@Squrlz4Sale We used slide rules just like that one to go to the moon.

paperduck
Male, 18-29, Midwest US
 1686 Posts
Friday, February 22, 2013 8:33:58 PM
Draculya what kind of company uses an abacus?

paperduck
Male, 18-29, Midwest US
 1686 Posts
Friday, February 22, 2013 8:32:16 PM
Wow must have sucked for inventor when the electronic calculator came out.

Draculya
Male, 40-49, Asia
 11548 Posts
Friday, February 22, 2013 8:24:46 PM
Ultimate? Friden SRW is far more advanced.

My maths teacher used an Odhner and was faster than students using an electronic calculator. I used slide rules for fuel consumption and cross wind calculations. My company still uses abacuses.

Mechanical calculation works.

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