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1964 Olympia SG3 Serial # 2-1778680 1964 Olympia SG3 typewriter, Serial # 2-1778680 Dan Johnson's 1964 Olympia SG3 typewriter. 2017-06-10 From the Virtual Typewriter Collection of Dan Johnson: 1964 Olympia SG3 Serial # 2-1778680 This has a variety of math symbols that I've seen only on differently-specialized typewriters.

Along with quite a few key Greek letters that are more commonly found, it has:

• psi (for wave functions in quantum mechanics)

• theta and delta (for trigonometric relations and derivatives) in addition to the integral sign and infinity

• both uppercase and lowercase omega

• epsilon

• the "x" used for cross-products in vector calculations

• the "empty set" symbol (which is a slashed circle, not an oval), the latter also denoting lens diameters in optical systems.

This typewriter may be specialized for general physics or astronomy.

1964 Olympia SG3 #2-1778680

Status: My Collection
Created: 06-10-2017 at 01:33PM
Last Edit: 06-10-2017 at 01:37PM


Description:

This has a variety of math symbols that I've seen only on differently-specialized typewriters.

Along with quite a few key Greek letters that are more commonly found, it has:

• psi (for wave functions in quantum mechanics)

• theta and delta (for trigonometric relations and derivatives) in addition to the integral sign and infinity

• both uppercase and lowercase omega

• epsilon

• the "x" used for cross-products in vector calculations

• the "empty set" symbol (which is a slashed circle, not an oval), the latter also denoting lens diameters in optical systems.

This typewriter may be specialized for general physics or astronomy.

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