Mechanical Solomon’s Judgment

As part of the visit to Leeuwarden, for the 24th Board Game Studies Colloquium, I visited the Martena Museum, in Franeker. There I saw a fantastic machine. Happy to find out that someone else had written about it (Ernest Adams did).

Jan K. Elzinga’s machine

Created in the early 1990s by a Dutch young man, this machine “plays” the Biblical episode of Solomon’s Judgment (1 Kings 3:16-28). It takes 35 minutes to do that (and another 35 minutes to reset). As Adams explains, the machine is not working and nobody knows how to fix it.

Elzinga, who was vey poor and built his machine out of disposed materials, used to perform around the region.

The carrying box that Elzinga used. With springs!
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By iamjns

Mathematics. Games. Democracy.

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