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"I've been very obsessive about writing science fiction for far too many years. Anyone with an ounce of sense would have given up years ago."
- Charles Stross

Brain Machine  
  Powerful mechanical computer.  

His puzzled glance moved past the funnel, and paused understanding on the great machine of cogs and rollers and levers and tracing styluses flush against the quartz wall of the space unit. He had seen such brain machines before, though on a much simpler scale. Through the aid of their remarkable wizardry the most complex, the most abstruse mathematical problems could be solved in the course of minutes problems that otherwise might have taken weary months of calculations, problems even that were unsolvable by the human brain.

It was the brain machine that had made possible the reduction of the universe to a single equation, that had rendered interplanetary flight a matter of piercing the space-warp continuum, instead of the infinitely slow communication along the normal gravitational world lines; and it had created a mathematics of its own that even Warren Moorhouse himself, the greatest mathematician of the system, could not follow.

Technovelgy from The Eternal Wanderer, by Nat Schachner.
Published by 1936 in Astounding
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