Calculating machine (arithmometer), Paris, France, 1880-1900

Made:
1880-1900 in Paris
maker:
Unknown

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Arithmometer by Thomas de Colmar, no.2034.
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Arithmometer by Thomas de Colmar, no.2034.
Science Museum, London|UCL
Science Museum, London|UCL

Arithmometer by Thomas de Colmar, no.2034

Invented by Charles Xavier Thomas de Colmar (1785-1870) around 1820, the arithmometer was the first commercially produced calculating machine. Machines like this one were used to compile health statistics and population figures. The machine could perform basic functions such as addition, subtraction, multiplication and division and was in use until the First World War.

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Details

Category:
Mathematics
Object Number:
1967-69 Pt1
type:
arithmometer
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
  • calculator
credit:
University College London
status:
Permanent collection

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