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Reckoning with MatterCalculating Machines, Innovation, and Thinking About Thinking from Pascal to Babbage$
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Matthew L. Jones

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780226411460

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226411637.001.0001

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Carrying Tens: Pascal, Morland, and the Challenge of Machine Calculation

Carrying Tens: Pascal, Morland, and the Challenge of Machine Calculation

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(p.13) 1 Carrying Tens: Pascal, Morland, and the Challenge of Machine Calculation
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Reckoning with Matter
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Matthew L. Jones

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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226411637.003.0002

Focusing upon the calculating machines of Blaise Pascal and Sir Samuel Morland from the seventeenth century, this chapter studies the skills necessary in calculation and those necessary for designing and building calculating machines. The chapter connects discussion of the major technical challenges involved in producing calculating machines with evidence about the nature of the contributions of the artisans involved in producing those machines.

Keywords:   calculating machines, seventeenth century, Blaise Pascal, Samuel Morland, artisanal knowledge, labor history, tacit knowledge, thinking matter

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