Interesting Esoterica

Computing Linkages

Article by Andries de Man
  • Published in 2010
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Analog calculating machines usually contain lots of gears (differentials), cams, ball-and-disc integrators and rack-and-pinions. But would it be possible to construct such calculating machines only using hinged rods? In the first instance, one would think only linear functions could be represented by such a mechanism but that is not true. This presentation describes “computing linkages” and the work of Antonin Svoboda on their systematic development.

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@article{ComputingLinkages,
	title = {Computing Linkages},
	author = {Andries de Man},
	url = {https://sites.google.com/site/calculatinghistory/home/computing-linkages},
	urldate = {2020-04-06},
	year = 2010,
	abstract = {Analog calculating machines usually contain lots of gears (differentials), cams, ball-and-disc integrators and rack-and-pinions. But would it be possible to construct such calculating machines only using hinged rods? In the first instance, one would think only linear functions could be represented by such a mechanism but that is not true. This presentation describes “computing linkages” and the work of Antonin Svoboda on their systematic development.},
	comment = {},
	collections = {Easily explained,History,Things to make and do,Unusual computers}
}