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Knowles' patent yarn balance

Biggs, Norman and Hutchinson, Jenny (2009) Knowles' patent yarn balance. Textile History, 40 (1). pp. 97-102. ISSN 0040-4969

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Identification Number: 10.1179/174329509x424640


In 1883 Thomas Knowles patented a balance designed to estimate the 'counts' of a sample of yarn without the need for calculations or tables. The balance was based on a clever, but practical, idea, and it was used extensively for well over 50 years. This note explains the essence of the idea, and the background of the people who designed and made the balance.

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Additional Information: © 2009 Pasold Research Fund Ltd.
Divisions: Mathematics
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics
Date Deposited: 30 Mar 2010 15:09
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 00:54

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