Gwen Bell Artifact and Book Collection
This rare and important collection comprises written works and physical objects relating to early calculating instruments and methods. These works and objects are held in the permanent collection of the Computer History Museum after generous gifts in 2012 and 2014 by Museum co-founders Gwen and Gordon Bell. The text items in this collection comprise works written in French, German, Latin and English. It begins in the early 17th century (ending in about 1980) and includes dozens of works such as mathematical, accounting, farming, astronomy, merchant and engineering tables, monographs on slide rules, arithmometers, planimeters, sectors, Napier´s Bones, military compasses, telescopes, as well as later-day commentaries on these instruments and their history. The written works are available online in scanned (PDF) form using the search function below. The object collection was established as a complement to the rare book collection and both serve to document the early origins and development of human measurement and computation. Its objects include: abaci, sectors, linear, circular and cylindrical slide rules, mechanical and electrical/electronic adding machines and calculators, and replicas of early calculators such as the Pascaline and the Schikard. With both written sources and complementary physical objects, the Bell Collection offers researchers a unique window into the early origins and development of history´s most significant calculating devices and methods.
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Faster than thought : a symposium on digital computing machines
Slide rule simplified
American Technical Society
The mythical man-month : essays on software engineering
Addison-Wesley Publishing Company
Calculating instruments and machines
The University of Illinois Press
Le livre des comptes-faits : ou tarif general des monnoies : avec lequel on peut faire toute sorte de computes des monnoies, tant anciennes que nouvelles, & autres comptes de multiplication par entier & par fraction, quelques difficiles qu'ils soient, pourvu qu'on scache l'addition
Chez la Veuve Niel & Fils
Tables of interest, discount, annuities, &c.
J. Darby and T. Browne
Shaw's universal interest tables
Trigonometria plana, et sphærica, linearis, & logarithmica : hoc est tam per sinuum, tangentium, & secantium multiplicationem, ac diuisionem iuxta veteres : quam per logarithmorum simplicem ferè additionem iuxta recentiores : ad triangulorum dimetiendos angulos, & latera procedens : cum canone duplici trigonometrico, & chiliade numerorum absolutorum I vsque ad 1000, eorumque logarithmis, ac differentijs ...
Typis Haeredis Victorij Benatij
Traité de nomographie : théorie des abaques - applications pratiques
Sammlung mathematischer tafeln : als neue völlig umgearbeitete auflage von Georgs Freiherrn von Vega grösseren logarithmisch-trigonometrischen tafeln
A system of geometry and trigonometry : with a treatise on surveying, in which the principles of rectangular surveying, without plotting, are explained
Wm. Jas. Hamersley
Tables showing the contents of excavations, area of slopes, &c.
Vacher & Sons
Cubik-tabelle (nach Maurach)
Howard's Anglo-American art of reckoning : the standard teacher and referee of shorthand business arithmetic, for the use of schools and business colleges : a manual for the counting house & self culture
John Menzies & Co.
The farmer's harvest companion, and country gentleman's assistant : containing exact and useful tables ... particularly useful to farmers in the time of harvest, and to other persons who put out work by the acre
The farmer's harvest companion, and country gentleman's assistant : containing exact and useful tables ... particularly useful to farmers in the time of harvest, and to all persons who put out work by the acre
Simpkin, Marshall, and Co.
New calculating tables : for multiplication and division by all numbers of from one to four places
Vereinigung Wissenschaftlicher Verleger