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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Zehnstellige logarithmen der zahlen von 1 bis 100000 nebst einem anhang mathematischer tafeln : erster band
Druck des Reichsamts für Landesaufnahme und der Reichsdruckerei
Catalogue & price list of Eugene Dietzgen Co. : manufacturers of drawing materials and surveying instruments
Eugene Dietzgen Co.
Logarithmick arithmetick : containing a new and correct table of logarithms of the natural numbers from 1 to 10,000, extended to seven places ... designed for the instruction of youth in the schools and academies of New England
A treatise on screw propellers and their steam-engines : with practical rules and examples how to calculate and construct the same for any description of vessels, accompanied with a treatise on bodies in motion in fluid, exemplified for propellers and vessels : also, a full description of a calculating machine
Henry Carey Baird
Tables of generalized sine- and cosine-integral functions : part I
Harvard University Press
Canon arithmeticus sive tabulae quibus exhibentur pro singulis numeris primis vel primorum potestatibus infra 1000 numeri ad datos indices et indices ad datos numeros pertinentes
The farmer's land-measurer, or pocket companion : showing, at one view, the content of any piece of land, from dimensions taken in yards : with a set of useful agricultural tables
Thomas, Cowperthwait & Co.
Table of quarter-squares of all integer numbers, up to 100,000, by which the product of two factors may be found by the aid of addition and subtraction alone
Charles and Edwin Layton
Book of instructions for the equationor : or universal calculator
The Equationor Co.
Le livre des comptes-faits : où l'on trouve les supputations qui se font par les multiplications, pour la valeur de quelque chose que l'on puisse s'imaginer, et à telles sommes qu'elles puissent monter …
The fundamental operations in bead arithmetic : how to use the Chinese abacus
Service Supply Company
Addition - subtraction logarithms : to five decimal places
White Book and Supply Co.
Blaise Pascal "auvergnat" la famille a l'oeuvre : exposition réalisée à l'occasion des Journées de Port-Royal : "deux grandes figures d'Auvergne, Gilberte et Jacqueline Pascal" (Clermont-Ferrand, 9-11 octobre 1981)
Musee D'art de Clermont-Ferrant
Physical object, 1930
J. Achbutt & Sons
Wang Hing Abacus Manu Fiy.
Human Digital Calculator
HP-35 "Electronic-Slide-Rule" Calculator
Hewlett-Packard Company (HP)
Physical object, 1972
Thales Patent calculator
Physical object, 1940