A short account of Leonardo Torres' endless spindle
Tipo de documentoArtículo
Fecha de publicación2008
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At the end of the 19th century, several analog machines had been proposed for solving algebraic equations. These machines – based not only on kinematics principles but also on dynamic or hydrostatic balances, electric or electromagnetic devices, etc. – had one important drawback: lack of accuracy. Leonardo Torres was the first to beat the challenge of designing and implementing a machine able to compute the roots of algebraic equations that, in the case of polynomials of degree eight, attained a precision down to 1/1000. The key element of Torres’ machine was the endless spindle, an analog mechanical device designed to compute log(a + b) from log(a) and log(b). This short account gives a detailed description of this mechanism.
CitaciónThomas, F. A short account of Leonardo Torres' endless spindle. "Mechanism and machine theory", 2008, vol. 43, núm. 8, p. 1055-1063.
Versión del editorhttp://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.mechmachtheory.2007.07.003
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