Reinventing machines: the transmission history of the Leibniz calculator

@article{Morar2014ReinventingMT,
  title={Reinventing machines: the transmission history of the Leibniz calculator},
  author={Florin-Stefan Morar},
  journal={The British Journal for the History of Science},
  year={2014},
  volume={48},
  pages={123 - 146}
}
This paper argues that we should take into account the process of historical transmission to enrich our understanding of material culture. More specifically, I want to show how the rewriting of history and the invention of tradition impact material objects and our beliefs about them. I focus here on the transmission history of the mechanical calculator invented by the German savant Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz. Leibniz repeatedly described his machine as functional and wonderfully useful, but in… 
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