ANITA, The 15-Kilogram Calculator

ANITA, The 15-Kilogram Calculator

Designed by the Bell Punch Co. in Britain, ANITA operated via vacuum tubes and cold-cathode tubes. It represented a breakthrough in calculating technology because it was both fast and silent.

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Key Facts In This Video

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    William Seward Burroughs was the grandfather of famous writer William S. Burroughs. (0:14)

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    William Seward Burroughs invented the mechanical calculator in 1888. (0:47)

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    The first mechanical calculator was finicky, and showed different answers to the same equation depending on how its lever was pulled. (1:11)

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