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  • 1645, France. Blaise Pascal invented a mechanical calculator (also called the Arithmetique) that could add and subtract. Because the machine was so complex and was prone to jamming (running, as it did, an early version of Windows), Pascal was able to sell only a dozen machines. See Calculating Devices.

    January 27, 2008