Replica of Samuel Morland's arithmetic machine

Made:
2002
maker:
BBC Science

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Replica of Samuel Morland's arithmetic machine. Front 3/4 view of whole object against dark grey background.
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Replica of Samuel Morland's arithmetic machine. Front 3/4 view of whole object against dark grey background.
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Replica of Samuel Morland's arithmetic machine

This large-scale replica of the Morland calculator was used by the BBC in a programme entitled What the Tudors and Stuarts Did for Us in 2002. It was used to demonstrate how the device works. A stylus was used to turn the major dials. If one moved from 9 to 0 it engaged the small wheel above it, which then showed how much should be carried to the next wheel on the left. Mechanical calculators have been used in schools to assist with understanding the basic arithmetical processes since the mid 20th century.

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Category:
Mathematics
Object Number:
2005-58
type:
replica calculator
credit:
BBC History Unit
status:
Permanent collection

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