|Posted: May 7, 2007, 11:37 pm - IP Logged|
Has anyone ever tried using a slide rule to calculate the next winning number?
I'm sure back when the lotteries started, but most use calculators now. The reason being that a slide rule is a mechanical device whose numbers are calculated in an analog fashion and require interpolation by the user, two people may have the same equation but their answers may differ in the 4th or 5th place for eg.
Calculators give digital results not subject to interpolation. There are threads here that one can follow and will step you thru. keying steps for numbers. For eg. using pi, e, square roots, etc. will give numbers left or right of a decimal point.
Funny thing though, the formulas, calculations, etc. that were needed to design modern calculators and computers were done on slide rules! It obsoleted itself!
P.S. I think there is a windows slide rule emulator somewhere out there.