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<p>My original interest in abaci started in Tokyo in 1964 when I bought a Soroban with Kojima’s book "The Japanese Abacus: Its Use and Theory". That sparked my interest 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 designing and constructing 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<span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: 11.6667px; ">&nbsp;as a hobby,</span><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: 11.6667px; ">&nbsp;I've worked</span><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: 11.6667px; ">&nbsp;the last 9 years</span><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: 11.6667px; ">&nbsp;to rediscovered the schematics and programming rules of the computers the Ancients used to design their weapons, do their accounting, and in general support and power the greatest empires in human history.</span></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>For work, I teaches precalculus and calculus at Lowell High School, Lowell, MA. http://sks23cu.net/MT.</p>
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I hope you find [[Ancient Computers|Ancient Computers]] interesting and useful,
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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 (Retired 6/30/2013)
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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://sks23cu.blogspot.com/2013/07/links-to-my-book-dvds-ancient-computers.html Links]). Because it's much easier to modify, updates will show up on IEEEghn.org first.

Latest revision as of 01:15, 26 August 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 (Retired 6/30/2013)

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 Links). Because it's much easier to modify, updates will show up on IEEEghn.org first.