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The Antikythera Mechanism is a unique Greek geared device, constructed around the end of the second century bc. It is known that it calculated and displayed celestial information, particularly cycles such as the phases of the moon and a luni-solar calendar.
Mediaitems: Antikythera, Antikythera mechanism, Antikythera front view
Category: Technology
Author: Ramon Llull (1235-1316)
Mechanical diagrams of knowledge, as aids to reasoning (served as an inspiration to Leibnitz in the development of symbolic logic)
Mediaitems: Llull's tree of knowledge, Llull's mechanical disks
Category: Statistics & Graphics
Author: Christopher Scheiner (1575-1650)
The pantograph was invented for mechanically copying a figure on an enlarged or reduced scale
Mediaitems: Scheiner's pantograph, Scheiner's portrait, Scheiner's sunspots, equatorial mount and pantograph
Category: Technology
Authors: Edmund Gunter (1581-1626) & William Oughtred (1574-1660)
Invention of a mechanical device, containing a logarithmic scale of equal parts and trigonomic functions which, with the aid of a pair of calipers, could be used as a slide rule. This device, called "Gunter's scale,'' or the "gunter'' by seamen, was soon replaced by a true slide rule, containing two parallel logarithmic scales
Mediaitems: Gunter's scale image, Gunter's log scale, Oughtred's dual log scale, Edmund Gunter - Biographical sketch, Edmund Gunter - Biography, William Oughtred - Biography
Category: Technology
Author: Wilhelm Schickard (1592-1635)
The first known adding machine, a mechanical calculator called the "Calculating Clock.'' It could add and subtract up to six-digit numbers, based on the movement of six dented wheels geared through a "mutilated" wheel which with every full turn allowed the wheel located at the right to rotate 1/10th of a full turn
Mediaitems: reproduction of Schickard's calculating clock, Schickard biography, History of mechanical calculators - Part 1
Category: Technology
Authors: Gaspard Monge Comte de Péluse (1746-1818)
Development of descriptive geometry, that leads to engineering drawing
Mediaitems: Monge's system of multiple projections, Monge's biography, Monge portrait, Historical development of graphics
Category: Statistics & Graphics
Authors: James Watt (1736-1819) & John Southern
Automatic recording of bivariate data (pressure vs. volume in steam engine) "Watt Indicator,'' (invention kept secret until 1822)
Mediaitems: Watt Indicator detail, Watt Indicator icon, Watt portrait, Wikipedia: Watt biography, Watt biography
Category: Technology
Author: Charles Babbage (1791-1871)
Mechanical device for calculating mathematical tables (the Difference Engine) [The beginnings of computing as we know it today. The Difference Engine was steam-powered, and the size of a locomotive.]
Mediaitems: Babbage portrait, Babbage Difference Engine, Babbage biography
Category: Technology
Authors: Louis Jacques Mandé Daguerre (1787-1851)
Invention of the first practical photographic process, using coated plates of metal and glass
Mediaitems: Daguerre, Parisian Boulevard, The Daguerrian Society (with comprehensive links and images)
Category: Technology
Authors: André Michel Guerry (1802-1866)
Guerry's ordonnateur statistique is arguably the first mechanical device invented
to aid statistical calculation and the assessment of the relationship between
social and moral variables.
Category: Statistics & Graphics
Author: Charles Joseph Minard (1781-1870)
Minard, a visual engineer, was asked to investigate the cause of the collapse of the bridge at Bourg St. Andeol on the Rhone in 1840.
Mediaitem: Collapse of the bridge on the Rhone
Category: Statistics & Graphics
Author: Josiah Willard Gibbs (1839-1903)
Graphical methods applied to explain fundamental relations in thermodynamics; this includes diagrams of entropy vs. temperature (where work or heat is proportional to area), and the first use of trilinear coordinates (graphs of (x,y,z) where x+y+z=constant)
Mediaitems: Gibbs, Elementary principles in statistical mechanics, Gibbs portrait, Plot on trilinear graph paper by R. A. Fisher, ca. 1955, Gibb's models, Gibbs biography
Category: Statistics & Graphics
Authors: Émile Levasseur (1828-1911)
Comprehensive review of all available statistical graphics presented to the Statistical Society of London, classified as figures, maps, and solids (3D), perhaps the first mature attempt at a systematic classification of graphical forms
Mediaitems: Link to Levasseur's e-texts, Hi-res scan of Levasseur's La Statistique Graphique (15.6M), Four type of graphs illustrated by Levasseur, Area diagram comparing populations of countries to their colonies, Circle diagram of Infant mortality by month in Brussels, Population density in France in 1866
Category: Statistics & Graphics
Author: Etienne-Jules Marey (1830-1904)
Graphic representation of a train schedule showing rate of travel along the route from Paris to Lyon. The method is attributed to the French engineer Ibry, but new evidence suggests that Lt. Sergeev had developed this method approximately 30 years earlier in Russia.
Mediaitems: Train schedule graphic, Marey portrait
Category: Statistics & Graphics
Author: American Society of Mechanical Engineers (1880-)
Published standards for graphical presentation (by representatives from several scientific societies)