What Mechanical Analog Computing Looked Like Before They Were Displaced by Modern Digital Computing

Just sit back and admire what it took to not only conceive of such a machine in the 19th century, but to design and build such a thing back then.

There are three other videos in the series, but just sit through the first one. Give it a chance.

My father, who had a foot in both the analog and digital computing worlds, admitted that digital computing was “better” but when analysing why a program, an equation, or some other type of mathematical model failed, and how it failed, that analog computers gave you much better clues as where to look for the cause of that failure, where when digital computers failed, you just got back a bunch of garbage.