Monday, March 30, 2015


Links for "Design Principles of Computation" Lecture

Some resources about the Abacus
The Abacus in Various Number Systems
Demo (The Chinese Abacus)
Demo and Quiz
Test you Abacus Skills
Mechanical Calculators
The Pascaline

The Antikythera Mechanism

Interactive Relighting of the Antikythera Mechanism
Story @ BBC News
The Antikythera Mechanism Research Project
Java Applet of the Antikythera Sun-Moon Assembly
Download the Antikythera 3D Simulator
NOVA: Ancient Computer

Another video of the Antikythera Mechanism
Babbage, Lovelace and the Analytical Engine
The Difference Engine
The Analytical Engine
9 Neat Facts About the World's First Computer Programmer, Ada Lovelace 

It Started Digital Wheels Turning

Cool implementation of Babbage's Difference Engine using LEGO! Photos, description of adder and carry propagation logic, mechanical issues, etc. at:

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