Fireside Chat ‘Exponential ex machine – a quest from history to action’
March 11, 2023 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm GMT
In the late 17th century, scholars like Huygens and Leibniz sketched some machines to justify the existence of transcendental curves by solving inverse tangent problems. Some decades later, Giovanni Poleni (1683-1761), an Italian polymath and professor at the University of Padua, designed the first effective machines for the tractrix and the logarithmic curve, anticipating somehow late 19th-century integraphs. Since these machines got lost, we reconstructed them as faithfully as possible to the originals.
Besides the historical interest, we think that our project can also provide exciting insights into education. For all these reasons, we created a video to popularize these topics.