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February 13, 1937 | Vol. 31 | No. 827

Robot Mathematician Solves Nine Simultaneous Equations

A ONE-TON machine that in a single action can solve nine simultaneous equations with nine unknowns so complicated in form they might well require days of laborious computation by trained mathematicians has been developed at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Known as the simultaneous calculator, the machine is the product of three years’ research by Dr. John B. Wilbur of the department of civil engineering. Cooperating with him has been Dr. Vannevar Bush, vice-president of technology and dean of engineering, who under the Institute's program to eliminate delay and complications in engin

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