Want know how to use an abacus or where it came from? This is the book for you!
The book is appropriate for high school audiences and above.
Computer History Museum
Mountain View CA
April 7, 2011
The author ... makes two points that deserve wider dissemination
... first ... the Salamis Tablet ... [has] an additive side and a subtractive side
... second ... historians need to pay more attention to the available tools, technology, notation, and terminology to see how particular algorithms may have been performed.
Aestimatio review, ircps.org/aestimatio/9/294-297
by Prof. Duncan Melville
About the Author
After getting my M. Eng. (Elect.) degree at Cornell University, my 30 year career included working on the design and construction of nuclear power plants, missile systems software engineering, and industrial and engineering computer systems sales and systems engineering. Deciding to become a high school math teacher at the end of 2000, I took a History of Math course as part of my M.Ed. degree program at UMassLowell. I was struck by how easy it would be to use ancient Roman, Greek, Egyptian, and Babylonian numerals to record abaci calculation results. Prof. Gonzalez asked, "Yes, but how would you do multiplication and division?"
So as a hobby, I've worked the last 10 years to (re-) discover the schematics and programming rules of the computers the Ancients used to do their accounting and engineering to support and empower the greatest empires in human history.
I hope you find Ancient Computers interesting and useful.
M. Eng. (Elect.), M. Ed.
Math Teacher (Calculus and Precalculus)
Lowell High School, MA, USA
July 15, 2010
P.S.: I retired from teaching on June 30, 2013