Meccano differential analyser, 1947

Made:
1947 in Cambridge
maker:
Meccano Limited
and
Douglas Rayner Hartree

Buy this image as a print 

License this image for commercial use at Science and Society Picture Library

Buy this image as a print 

License this image for commercial use at Science and Society Picture Library

Buy this image as a print 

License this image for commercial use at Science and Society Picture Library

Buy this image as a print 

License this image for commercial use at Science and Society Picture Library

Buy this image as a print 

License this image for commercial use at Science and Society Picture Library

Buy this image as a print 

License this image for commercial use at Science and Society Picture Library

Buy this image as a print 

License this image for commercial use at Science and Society Picture Library

Buy this image as a print 

License this image for commercial use at Science and Society Picture Library

Buy this image as a print 

License this image for commercial use at Science and Society Picture Library

Buy this image as a print 

License this image for commercial use at Science and Society Picture Library

Buy this image as a print 

License this image for commercial use at Science and Society Picture Library

Main part of a working model of a differential analyser constructed from the construction toy, Meccano, made by
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Main part of a working model of a differential analyser constructed from the construction toy, Meccano, made by
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Main part of a working model of a differential analyser constructed from the construction toy, Meccano, made by
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Main part of a working model of a differential analyser constructed from the construction toy, Meccano, made by
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Main part of a working model of a differential analyser constructed from the construction toy, Meccano, made by
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Main part of a working model of a differential analyser constructed from the construction toy, Meccano, made by
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Main part of a working model of a differential analyser constructed from the construction toy, Meccano, made by
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Main part of a working model of a differential analyser constructed from the construction toy, Meccano, made by
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Main part of a working model of a differential analyser constructed from the construction toy, Meccano, made by
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Main part of a working model of a differential analyser constructed from the construction toy, Meccano, made by
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Working model of a differential analyser constructed from the construction toy, Meccano, by Prof. Douglas Rayner Hartree and Arthur Porter at University of Manchester, England, 1934, and reconstructed by Prof. Douglas Rayner Hartree at University of Cambridge, England, 1947.

A differential analyser is an analogue computer designed to solve equations using a wheel and disk mechanism. This model was built using the toy Meccano over 18 months by research student Arthur Porter. Porter was working under the supervision of Professor Douglas Rayner Hartree (1897-1958), a professor of theoretical physics, who was waiting for a full-size analyser to be built. Although it needed setting and operating by hand, the machine was able to solve difficult equations.

Details

Category:
Mathematics
Object Number:
1949-134
Materials:
meccano, metal (unknown), wood (unidentified)
type:
model - representation
taxonomy:
  • visual and verbal communication
credit:
Donated by Richard Hartree
status:
Permanent collection

Cite this page

Rights

We encourage the use and reuse of our collection data.


Data in the title, made, maker and details fields are released under Creative Commons Zero


Descriptions and all other text content are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 licence

Using our data

Download

Download catalogue entry as json

Download manifest IIIF

Our records are constantly being enhanced and improved, but please note that we cannot guarantee the accuracy of any information shown on this website.