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<p>In Tokyo in 1964 I bought a Soroban with Kojima’s book "The Japanese Abacus: Its Use and Theory". That sparked my interest in abaci, and in computers.</p>
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In Tokyo in 1964 I bought a Soroban with Kojima’s book "The Japanese Abacus: Its Use and Theory". An event that sparked my interest in abaci ... and in computers.  
  
<p>After getting my M.Eng.(Elect.) at Cornell, my 30 year career included working on the design and construction of nuclear power plants, missile systems computer programming, and industrial and engineering computer systems sales and systems engineering. </p>
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After getting my M.Eng.(Elect.) at [http://www.cornell.edu Cornell], 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.  
  
<p>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. 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 said, "Yes, but how would you do multiplication and division?" </p>
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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. Program at [http://www.uml.edu 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 said, "Yes, but how would you do multiplication and division?"  
  
<p>So as a hobby, I've worked the last 9 years to (re)discover the schematics and programming rules of the computers the Ancients used to design their weapons, do their accounting, and support and empower the greatest empires in human history.</p>
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So as a hobby, I've worked the last 10 years to (re)discover the schematics and rules of the the Ancients used to do their accounting and engineering to support and empower the greatest empires in human history.  
  
<p>I hope you find [[Ancient Computers|''Ancient Computers'']] interesting and useful,</p>
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I hope you find [[Ancient Computers|Ancient Computers]] interesting and useful,  
  
<p>Steve Stephenson, M.Eng.(Elect.), M.Ed.<br>Math Teacher (precalculus and calculus), Lowell High School, MA, USA <br> http://sks23cu.net/MT/</p>
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Steve Stephenson, M.Eng.(Elect.), M.Ed.<br>Math Teacher (precalculus and calculus)<br>Lowell High School, MA, <br> http://sks23cu.net/MT/<br>July 15, 2010
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P.S.: Before you edit [[Ancient Computers|Ancient Computers]], please be sure you read and understand the whole article and the [[Ancient Computers#Works_Cited|Works Cited]], and have watched and understand all of [[Ancient Computers#Works_Cited|Stephenson]]'s videos.
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P.P.S.: Also available as of 7/15/2013 are paperback and eBook versions of [[Ancient Computers|Ancient Computers]] with essentially the same content (see [http://amzn.com/1490964371 Paperback], [http://amzn.com/B00DVPPQ78 eBook], [http://amzn.com/B00DUJBAL6 "How to Use"], and [http://amzn.com/B00DUJBE3U "How Romans Used"]). Because it's much easier to modify, updates will show up on IEEEghn.org first.

Revision as of 16:06, 17 July 2013

In Tokyo in 1964 I bought a Soroban with Kojima’s book "The Japanese Abacus: Its Use and Theory". An event that sparked my interest in abaci ... and in computers.

After getting my M.Eng.(Elect.) at Cornell, 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. 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 said, "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 rules of the 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,

Steve Stephenson, M.Eng.(Elect.), M.Ed.
Math Teacher (precalculus and calculus)
Lowell High School, MA,
http://sks23cu.net/MT/
July 15, 2010

P.S.: Before you edit Ancient Computers, please be sure you read and understand the whole article and the Works Cited, and have watched and understand all of Stephenson's videos.

P.P.S.: Also available as of 7/15/2013 are paperback and eBook versions of Ancient Computers with essentially the same content (see Paperback, eBook, "How to Use", and "How Romans Used"). Because it's much easier to modify, updates will show up on IEEEghn.org first.