Analog computing

March 20, 2011

I’m not old enough to have ever worked with a mechanical computer but I think they’re very interesting. The closest I ever got to one was a unit on display that used to sit in Everitt Lab (the old “electrical engineering building”) in Champaign-Urbana. I don’t know if it’s still there; I’ll guess that it’s still on campus somewhere.

Here’s a set of 7 videos I came across at engadget. The 7 clips are made from a U.S. Navy training film, circa 1953, for a shipboard fire control computer.

This is part 3 of 7.

Here’s the full list:
Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4
Part 5
Part 6
Part 7

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