Coloured water

Happy New Year an’ all that.

Phillips Machine
We went to the science museum today to have a look at this.

It’s a model of the economy made with pipes and valves and tanks and bits of wire. Wonderful! I’ve passed it by in my previous visits to the Science Museum. And today, while I sat on the floor peering into its case, several other visitors pushed the big, red button on the video machine next to it only to wander off when the voice announced “In this computer, money is represented by coloured water”

I tried to imagine coloured water flowing through the valves and pipes (it’s not been run since 1991, to preserve the mechanism) and took these pics with the amazing camera on Nic’s ‘phone, including this one of a cartoon of the machine from Punch magazine in 1953:

Phillips Machine Cartoon

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