• Short Summary

    THE BATTLE BETWEEN THE MODERN ADDING MACHINES AND THE TRADITIONAL WOODEN CALCULATOR USED BY THE CHINESE KNOWN AS THE ABACUS IS ON.

  • Description

    THE BATTLE BETWEEN THE MODERN ADDING MACHINES AND THE TRADITIONAL WOODEN CALCULATOR USED BY THE CHINESE KNOWN AS THE ABACUS IS ON.

    IN A COMPETITION HELD IN HONGKONG TO SEE WHICH IS FASTER AND MORE EFFICIENT, THE ABACUS LOST TO THE MODERN ADDING MACHINES -- MUCH TO THE DISAPPOINTMENT OF THE CHINESE WHO HAVE ALWAYS CLAIMED THAT HE ABACUS WAS THE BETTER.

    HOWEVER THE ABACUS IS STILL VERY POPULAR IN ASIA PARTICULARLY WITH THE CHINESE AND JAPANESE WHO CAN'T DISPENSE WITH IT. CHINESE AND JAPANESE CHILDREN FROM A VERY YOUNG AGE ARE TAUGHT THE INTRICACIES OF THE ABACUS -- AN OBLONG WOODEN THING WITH BLACK BEAD HELD TOGETHER. IT CAN ADD, SUBTRACT - AND MULTIPLY.

    IN SCHOOLS, UNIVERSITIES AND OFFICES THE ABACUS IS STILL IN MUCH USE -- CHEAPER AND CLAIMED TO BE VERY ACCURATE. CHINESE SHOPS PREFER TO USE THE ABACUS RATHER THAN A MODERN ADDING MACHINE. IT'S A COMMON SIGHT IN ASIA TO SEE CHILDREN OF EVEN SIX OR SEVEN USING THE CONTRAPTION WITH UTMOST EFFICIENCY.

    WILL IT GIVE WAY TO THE COMPUTERS? IT A QUESTION ASKED BY MANY PEOPLE. IT CERTAINLY WILL NOT FOR MANY MORE YEARS TO COME BECAUSE ITS CHEAPLY OBTAINED AND MUCH EASIER TO OPERATE THAN THE MODERN INTRICATE MACHINES.

    THE ABACUS FIRST APPEARED IN CHINA CENTURIES AGO AND THROUGH THE YEARS, DESPITE THE INTRODUCTION OF MORE MODERN CALCULATING MACHINES, IT STILL RETAINS IT POPULARITY.

    THIS COMPETITION HELD IN THE HONGKONG AND SHANGHAI BANK IN HONGKONG DREW MANY EXPERTS -- SOME OF THE COMPETITORS HAVE BEEN USING THE ABACUS FOR MORE THAN FORTY YEARS.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA7QEQSYC0E40MC1GVYZKB8V3N1
    Media URN:
    VLVA7QEQSYC0E40MC1GVYZKB8V3N1
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    06/03/1967
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:14:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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