Electronic Pocket Calculator

Made:
1974 in Japan
maker:
Santek

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Front 3/4 view of calculator (without box) object against dark grey background.
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Front 3/4 view of calculator (without box) object against dark grey background.
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Electronic Pocket Calculator by Santek model ST-108 (8 digit / four function )Overhead view of whole object against
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

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Electronic Pocket Calculator by Santek model ST-108 (8 digit / four function )

The electronic pocket calculator revolutionised personal computation, leading to the obsolescence of the slide rule by the mid 1970s. As with other avoiders of arithmetic, there were concerns that its use would lead to a decline in mathematical understanding. In the year this machine was made, 72% of maths teachers surveyed by the National Council of Mathematics Teachers in the USA opposed their introduction. This early Japanese machine could add, subtract, multiply, divide and calculate percentages.

Details

Category:
Computing & Data Processing
Object Number:
1998-881
type:
electronic pocket calculator
credit:
Sutton, B. (Mr)

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