AW: [SIGCIS-Members] 17th-19th c. exhibitions of computers

Ulf Hashagen u.hashagen at
Wed Mar 19 01:37:58 PDT 2008

Dear Bernard, 


you can find some information about the history of calculator exhibitions in
Germany (as well as 1893 at the World exhibition in Chicago in the US) in my
book “Walther von Dyck (1856-1934). Mathematik, Technik und
Wissenschaftsorganisation an der TH München. Stuttgart: Franz Steiner Verlag
2003”. Further material about calculating machines at the world exhibition
in Paris in 1900 can be found in my article "Die Rechenmaschine Gauss - eine
gescheiterte Innovation?", published in Hashagen, Ulf, Oskar Blumtritt,
Helmuth Trischler (Eds.): "Circa 1903", Artefakte in der Gründungszeit des
Deutschen Museums, Munich 2003, S. 371-398. Furthermore I have almost
finished an article about the history of computer exhibitions in museums in
Europe and the US in the 20th century, which will probably be published this
year in the journal “Informatik-Spektrum”.


Best wishes, Ulf





Dr. Ulf Hashagen

Deutsches Museum

Forschungsinstitut für Technik- und Wissenschaftsgeschichte

Museumsinsel 1

80538 München



Tel.:  +49 (0)89-2179-453

Fax.: +49 (0)89-2179-239


Email: u.hashagen at 






Von: members-bounces at [mailto:members-bounces at] Im
Auftrag von Bernard Geoghegan
Gesendet: Mittwoch, 19. März 2008 01:54
An: members at
Betreff: [SIGCIS-Members] 17th-19th c. exhibitions of computers


Hi SIGCIS members,

I'm doing some research on the 20th century exhibition of computers,
particularly in the form of automata and televised calculating machines. I'd
like to look for some historical precedents, though. Does anyone know of any
works discussing the exhibition of calculating machines from the 17th
through the 19th century? For example, in the 19th century calculating
machines were sent to at least one World's Fair, and in in the 18th c. von
Kempelen's chess playing Turk inspired popular speculations and exciting
about thinking machines, etc. 

Thanks for your help.



Bernard Geoghegan

Doctoral Candidate, Program in Screen Cultures, Northwestern University

Institute Visitor, Program in Science, Technology and Society, Massachusetts
Institute of Technology


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