Kelvin's Harmonic Analyser

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Date
1878
Photographer
R. W. Munro
Credit Line
Used by permission.
Copyright Owner
© Science Museum/SSPL.
Location
United Kingdom
Keywords
United Kingdom; integrator; Kelvin
Object ID
500004433

Lord Kelvin used calculating machines to predict tides in harbors—critical for an island nation! Integrators enabled him to solve differential equations, but their limited torque curtailed the machine’s utility.