The Difference Engine: Charles Babbage and the Quest to Build the First Computer

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Penguin Books, 2002 - 342 páginas
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In 1821 an inventor and mathematician named Charles Babbage was reviewing a set of mathematical tables. After finding an excess of errors in the results, he exclaimed, "I wish to God these calculations had been executed by steam." Thus began Babbage's lifelong enterprise to design and build a mechanical calculating engine-the world's first computer. Drawing on Babbage's original notes and designs, Doron Swade recounts both Babbage's nineteenth-century quest to build a calculating machine-the Difference Engine-and Swade's own successful attempt to build a replica for the bicentennial of Babbage's birth. Set against the tantalizing background of Victorian science and politics with a colorful cast of characters, The Difference Engine is a saga of ingenuity and will-and the dawning of a new age.

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Reseña de usuario  - KurtWombat - LibraryThing

The Difference Engine as designed and partially built in the 1830’s was a mechanical device of some 4000 moving parts that could perform automated mathematical functions (logarithmic, trigonometric ... Leer reseña completa

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Reseña de usuario  - Eoin - LibraryThing

Hounded to death by organ grinders? Failed to build the engines that may have changed the world? Bunch of weird British engineer=historians try to build a maybe impossible machine from antique plans to prove you right by your 200th birthday? Awesome. Stole my title though... Leer reseña completa

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Doron Swade, assistant director and head of collections at the Science Museum in London, is an engineer, historian of technology, and a leading authority on the life and work of Charles Babbage.

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