The word dialling originally referred to the creation of the mathematics required to create a sundial face to tell time based on the position of the sun. Those skilled in the art were referred to as dialists or gnomonists; taken from the word gnomon (a device using a shadow as an indicator).
The mathematician William Oughtred published a book, Easy Method of Mathematical Dialling, around 1600. Samuel Walker (1716-1782) was a Yorkshire mathematician and diallist ]. In his later years, Thomas Jefferson was known to practice dialling as a mental exercise. Professor of astronomy at Gresham College (London, UK), Samual Foster (d. 1652), developed reflex dialling, which describes a device of his own invention: a sundial capable of reflecting a spot of light onto the ceiling of a room.
Wipo Publishes Patent of Zte, Li Rui, Liao Junfeng for "Dialling Device and Method for Implementing Virtual Dialup According to User Demand" (Chinese Inventors)
Sep 11, 2012; GENEVA, Sept. 11 -- Publication No. WO/2012/116615 was published on Sept. 7. Title of the invention: "dialling DEVICE AND...