The Geek Stories

Geek Gadgets of Yesteryear

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Did Geeks exist in the 19th Century? They sure did. Did they have Geek gadgets. Oh, yes they did!

Telephones, typewriters, calculators: all blossomed through the 19th Century.

The screen capture is of a unique device called a Curta Calculator. Invented by Curt Herzstark, a survivor of Buchenwald, it looks like a pepper-grinder but is in fact a small calculator.

In this episode of The Geek Stories, see Matthew Connell, Curator of Mathematics and Computing at Sydney’s Powerhouse Museum, give a quick snoop through their secret storage area.

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