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Re: Calculating tools

Post by ijabbott » Sat Feb 03, 2018 6:35 am

Talking of Beep, does anyone remember a story from OMNI magazine about a time traveller who takes a calculator back in time as a gift for Isaac Newton? (I think the calculator was described as having a red LED display and a nuclear battery!)

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Re: Calculating tools

Post by Walter » Sat Feb 03, 2018 7:25 am

I remember a story of Valentin Abillo about such a topic IIRC - the calculator was an HP-10C.
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Re: Calculating tools

Post by dlachieze » Sat Feb 03, 2018 7:27 am

This one: Time Voyager?
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Re: Calculating tools

Post by Walter » Sat Feb 03, 2018 8:03 am

dlachieze wrote:
Sat Feb 03, 2018 7:27 am
This one: Time Voyager?
Exactement!
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Re: Calculating tools

Post by ijabbott » Sat Feb 03, 2018 10:42 am

I think that Time Voyager story would have been a bit too geeky for the Omni audience! I tracked the story down though: Newton's Gift by Paul J. Nahin. It was reprinted in a couple of his books, "Time Machine Tales" and "Number Crunching". (The "Number Crunching" book is mostly non-fictional essays, and probably the most relevant of the two for calculator fans!)

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Re: Calculating tools

Post by WillMarchant » Sat Feb 03, 2018 12:02 pm

ijabbott wrote:
Sat Feb 03, 2018 10:42 am
I think that Time Voyager story would have been a bit too geeky for the Omni audience! I tracked the story down though: Newton's Gift by Paul J. Nahin. It was reprinted in a couple of his books, "Time Machine Tales" and "Number Crunching". (The "Number Crunching" book is mostly non-fictional essays, and probably the most relevant of the two for calculator fans!)
That brings back memories! I took a couple of electrical engineering courses that Dr Nahin taught. A final exam question dealt with the subject of time travel and the introduction of technology.

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Re: Calculating tools

Post by jkxyz » Mon Apr 02, 2018 4:57 pm

I like the HP 9100 related images. Thanks for sharing!

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Re: Calculating tools

Post by Logan » Fri Apr 06, 2018 3:16 pm

That was a wonderful story, thanks for sharing!
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