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Issue No. 03 - July-September (2005 vol. 27)
ISSN: 1058-6180
pp: 4-22
David M. Hogan , North Devon College
Mark Glusker , Nektar Therapeutics
ABSTRACT
In 1840, Thomas Fowler, a self-taught English mathematician and inventor, created a unique ternary calculating machine. Until recently, all detail of this machine was lost. A research project begun in 1997 uncovered sufficient information to enable the recreation of a physical concept model of Fowler's machine. The next step is to create a historically accurate replica.
INDEX TERMS
Thomas Fowler, Augustus De Morgan, base-3, ternary, balanced ternary, signed ternary, calculating machine, 19th century, historical reconstruction
CITATION
David M. Hogan, Mark Glusker, Pamela Vass, "The Ternary Calculating Machine of Thomas Fowler", IEEE Annals of the History of Computing, vol. 27, no. , pp. 4-22, July-September 2005, doi:10.1109/MAHC.2005.49
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