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Comments, Queries, and Debate: An Ecological Computing Machine Disclosure Number: IPCOM000129624D
Original Publication Date: 1989-Jun-30
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Oct-06
Document File: 1 page(s) / 13K

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Ralf Buelow: AUTHOR [+2]


Deutsches Museum 8000 Munich 22 West Germany

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Comments, Queries, and Debate: An Ecological Computing Machine

Ralf Buelow

Deutsches Museum 8000 Munich 22 West Germany

I would like to add some information to the anecdote told by Alfred Van Sinderen about Charles Babbage and the Scheutz machine at the Dudley Observatory in Albany, New York (Annals, Vol. 10, No. 2,1988, pp. 136-139).

In the summer of 1872, the Austrian astronomer Edmund Weiss (1837- 1917) spent two months in the United States, where he studied several observatories and optical workshops. In August he visited the Dudley Observatory. After his return, Professor Weiss wrote an account of his trip, which appeared in the Vierteljahresschrist der Astronomischen Gesellschaft (Vol. 8, 1873, pp. 296-321 ) under the title "On the Condition of Practical Astronomy in America." He had this to say about his stay in Albany

  (Image Omitted: The Dudley Observatory in Albany has concentrated in recent years on meteorological observations, often with the use of self-registering instruments. Generally speaking, a trend to use mechanical devices as much as possible is evident in the entire observatory. As one example, the big calculating machine of G. & E. Scheue of Stockholm, which was used during my stay for the production Of refraction tables, is driven by a small windmill erected in the garden...