mechanical differential analyzer

mechanical differential analyzer

[mi′kan·ə·kəl dif·ə′ren·chəl ′an·ə‚līz·ər]
(computer science)
An analog computer using interconnected surfaces to solve differential equations, such as the device developed by Vannevar Bush at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
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The Marshall Differential Analyzer Team is a collection of undergraduate and graduate students gathered together with a common goal of studying and constructing a mechanical differential analyzer, a machine designed and first built in the late 1920's to solve nonlinear differential equations that could not be solved by other methods.
Our first view of a mechanical differential analyzer in motion was at the home of Tim and Lisa Robinson in Boulder Creek, California in the fall of 2005.