Mechanical Computer (All Parts) – Basic Mechanisms In Fire Control Computers

Mechanical Computer (All Parts) – Basic Mechanisms In Fire Control Computers

A 1953 training film for a mechanical fire control computer aboard Navy Ships. Amazing how problems of mathematical computation were solved so elegantly in “permanent” mechanical form, before microprocessors became inexpensive and commonplace.

50 Comments

  1. You Tube on December 26, 2019 at 7:42 pm

    Wow 63 years later… ten times more computing can be on a chip the size of a grain of salt. Technology at its best.



  2. ⵉⵜⵔⵓⵏⴰⵓⵜ on December 26, 2019 at 7:43 pm

    It makes me happy to know that mechanical computers are now making a comeback.



  3. McDoogle on December 26, 2019 at 7:44 pm

    I wonder if the firing computer makes calculations in the non-Euklidian, spherical geometry that much better represents the Earth‘s curvature or at least computes corrections to counter any unavoidable errors from this Pythagoraen approach.



  4. HustleMuscleGhias on December 26, 2019 at 7:44 pm

    My grandfather served on the USS Wisconsin in the 1950s in the secondary battery control room. We watched this video together and he’s been telling me nonstop stories and memories about the MK. 1 Fire Control Computer, as well as his time in the Navy. Thank you!



  5. vishnu swaroop on December 26, 2019 at 7:45 pm

    I see serious maintenance every component



  6. Alihaydar Gubatov on December 26, 2019 at 7:49 pm

    Where all of these series with Texas-dialected-man comes from?



  7. Christian Baune on December 26, 2019 at 7:51 pm

    This is https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flow-based_programming !!
    This is something to be shown to IT guys when they think that their latest processor is damn good.



  8. joseph crosby mecham on December 26, 2019 at 7:52 pm

    Great stuff, thanks.



  9. Diego X on December 26, 2019 at 7:52 pm

    does anyone know a book where i can find this sort of mechanisms explained?



  10. Grant Soto on December 26, 2019 at 7:56 pm

    1940s explain things the best



  11. ThomasHaberkorn on December 26, 2019 at 7:58 pm

    steam punk



  12. Ex Set on December 26, 2019 at 7:59 pm

    If electricity would be suppressed (alien invasion etc.), we can u use this technology for calculations !!!



  13. Dalton Merrill on December 26, 2019 at 8:02 pm

    They explain things so well. I like electric computers, but i love mechanical computers. Plus it’s easier to learn. Example: spend hours trying to figure out on your own how to tell a computer to turn a electric motor 60 times in a minute or you could do something easier by using gears to make a wheel turn 60 times in a minute. I would make a mechanical computer.



  14. KamiKaZantA on December 26, 2019 at 8:02 pm

    I bet someone has made fire control calculators out of LEGO Technic.



  15. 27GX76R on December 26, 2019 at 8:03 pm

    Absolutely beautiful. Mind = blown.



  16. TheScriptLyricVideos on December 26, 2019 at 8:03 pm

    I.note.this.fascinating.film.was.made.in.1953.but.it.should.be.pointed.out.that.the.Royal.Navy.had.mechanical.fire.control,computers.as.early.as.world.war.one.



  17. Pissants Seemore on December 26, 2019 at 8:04 pm

    This will become an excellent laser math learning puzzle for children : addition, subtraction, multiplication and algebra. Thanks for sharing. ron



  18. Nick Girard on December 26, 2019 at 8:05 pm

    Math can kill



  19. Davey Bernard on December 26, 2019 at 8:07 pm

    Axis Spy, "I tried to steal the American’s differential gear technology, but it was too confusing. Lets just invent front wheel drive and skip RWD completely."



  20. Jens Swales on December 26, 2019 at 8:08 pm

    amazing…still, the principles were known over 2k yrs ago, check up the antikythera mechanism..



  21. First Last on December 26, 2019 at 8:09 pm

    How many part would I need to run skyrim?



  22. Sam Brewer on December 26, 2019 at 8:13 pm

    check out vid of knex biuld of working computer. amazing



  23. Cody Darveau on December 26, 2019 at 8:15 pm

    This is really helpful for understanding the fundamentals of what computing actually is. I’m currently on course to move towards a software engineering career path, and I sometimes find it difficult to conceptualize how code interacts with the physical world, and this really does help give me an understanding.
    To me, it feels like every "program" back in those days wasn’t written, but actually BUILT. That might be the basis behind phrases like "building code", and maybe not. Either way, this was extremely interesting and insightful.
    Thank you very much for this upload!



  24. jamcdonald120 on December 26, 2019 at 8:15 pm

    wow, that computer got shafted



  25. Daniel Serafim on December 26, 2019 at 8:15 pm

    Os antigos eram muito mais criativos e inteligentes que nós !!!



  26. dharambir poddar on December 26, 2019 at 8:15 pm

    just awesome ,i wondered to see those , how intelligently use those mechanical components to calculating ,,,,,,,,hats off



  27. rgawer2 on December 26, 2019 at 8:16 pm

    such a great video, i can really loose myself in this stuff.



  28. Joe Natt on December 26, 2019 at 8:16 pm

    Omg this is mechanic art



  29. james pobog on December 26, 2019 at 8:20 pm

    "This ain’t no party, this ain’t no disco, this ain’t no foolin’ around."
    ~~David Byrne, The Talking Heads



  30. Excelsior10000 on December 26, 2019 at 8:23 pm

    It would have to be re-digitized from the original film, which is presumably somewhere in the government archives. I assume that this exists because it was converted at some point by the government itself, which would have used standard NTSC 640×480 (which it is), the resolution of most American TVs well into the 90s.



  31. spacehitchhiker42 on December 26, 2019 at 8:23 pm

    How in the world would you make something like that barrel cam?



  32. deiu9999 on December 26, 2019 at 8:24 pm

    Now that’s how things should be explained in school… So clear..



  33. KTMs 1 on December 26, 2019 at 8:25 pm

    I love this stuff



  34. Kohoto Takemori on December 26, 2019 at 8:26 pm

    nowsday ppl just need to make radar and input some program, done it can be easily done by a team of 10 ppl while in the past like tons of ppl



  35. Sam Brewer on December 26, 2019 at 8:26 pm

    variable transmissions



  36. Col. Commissar Ibram Gaunt on December 26, 2019 at 8:29 pm

    Bet even the narrator for this film as he was reading it was like, "What the f are they talking about?".



  37. BrendaEM on December 26, 2019 at 8:32 pm

    This is so cool, could it be uploaded at a higher resolution?



  38. John Yu on December 26, 2019 at 8:32 pm

    "a computer cannot do this without men" *_triggered_*



  39. The Niwo on December 26, 2019 at 8:32 pm

    that was great



  40. Jeremy Randolph on December 26, 2019 at 8:35 pm

    if it wasn’t for charles babbage difference machine invention how many years later would it been before the gun fire control would of been invented?



  41. Casa Xtreme on December 26, 2019 at 8:35 pm

    Does it run Minecraft? I consider buying one.



  42. John Wayne on December 26, 2019 at 8:36 pm

    It really suck to make such a thing with imperial units though.



  43. ryoojiwo90 on December 26, 2019 at 8:37 pm

    They’re genius. I was impressed.



  44. Jeffrey Martin on December 26, 2019 at 8:37 pm

    Prior MK111 UBFCS Tech (an ancient ASW fire control). So, only the really decrepit truly enjoyed this. Which I did with great relish! Every minute..



  45. Michael Benesch on December 26, 2019 at 8:38 pm

    Near 11:55 the barrel cam is revealed to transcend all known laws of physics at the time, amazing that we do not use the technology anymore! The barrel cam is infinite and eternal.



  46. Andrew O on December 26, 2019 at 8:39 pm

    War truely is the great driver off innovation



  47. Nicolas Villamil on December 26, 2019 at 8:40 pm

    Amazing how we engineered this. The insides look so ridiculously complicated.



  48. Mark Malasics on December 26, 2019 at 8:41 pm

    Wow, excellent. And I’ll bet none of the designers were sitting around saying "awesome" and "I was like" and "totally" and "seriously" every 12 seconds.



  49. international toaster on December 26, 2019 at 8:41 pm

    let us all thank minecraft red stone engineers for laying the ground work for computing.



  50. Truly Infamous on December 26, 2019 at 8:42 pm

    Used to be that the military helped the US with information instead of solely killing people in the middle East and keeping their information secret.