Here’s what happens when you program a mechanical calculator to divide by zero. The machine literally goes haywire… Some say it’s still going to this day.
But why does this happen? According to Electronic Products Magazine, “It’s a bit of a convoluted way of explaining division, but it helps us understand the video below. You see, when you divide 20 by 0, you’ll end up subtracting 0 from 20 an infinite amount of times.”
“And in the case of the Facit ESA-01 mechanical calculator, what winds up happening is the machine attempts to complete the infinite number of operations it believes is necessary to complete the division.”
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