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Knitted Napier’s Bones

Because they are awesome, Pat Ashforth, Steve Plummer and Ben Ashforth illustrate math through their crafting projects. Pictured above is their knitted version of Napier’s Bones, a calculation device invented by Scottish mathematician John Napier (1550-1617). George Hart explains how they work: The image below shows how to arrange the bones if you wanted to [...]

Amazing Automatons: Ancient Robots & Victorian Androids

“QUANTUM SHOT” #667Link – article by Simon Rose and Avi Abrams Industrious Little Creatures, Full of Gears and Wonder When we say that today‚Äôs rapidly changing technology is set to transform the way we live in unimaginable ways, we should remember that people thought much the same thing in earlier centuries – whether in the time of [...]