Luigi Torchi

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Complete Biography, History, and Inventions

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Luigi Torchi was a carpenter and inventor who was credited for inventing the first direct multiplication machine.

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Early life

There is very little known about the life of Luigi Torchi. What is known includes that he was born in 1812 and that he lived in Borgo San Gottardo, a neighborhood in Milan. 

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Career

Luigi Torchi worked as a carpenter and also as an inventor. He developed several devices based on his skill as a mathematician.

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Invention 1

Almost nothing has been published regarding Torchi’s direct multiplication machine. Most of the sources available praise the machine with its keyboard calculator.

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Invention 2

In 1835 Torchi invented a horseless carriage, using energy from a water stream. The stream moved along the canal towing path, dragging the barge.

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Invention 3

In 1858, Torchi designed an improved “pendulum level”. A basic pendulum is a leveling instrument that usually consists of a horizontal arm and a plumb line.

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