## calculating machineA device that performs simple arithmetic operations. These are two main classes: adding machines, for addition
and subtraction only; and calculators,
able to perform a multiplication
and division. In the past, calculating
machines were mechanical or electromechanical, but today they are almost
always electronic. The forerunner of the calculating machine was perhaps the abacus. The first adding machine, invented by Blaise Pascal (1642), was able to add and carry. A few decades later (1671), Gottfried Leibniz designed a device that multiplied by repeated addition (the device was built in 1694). Charles Babbage built a small adding machine (1822): in 1833 he conceived his Difference Engine, a predecessor of the digital computer, but his device was never completed. ## Related category• COMPUTERS, ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE, AND CYBERNETICS | |||||

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