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The difference engine : Charles Babbage and the quest to build the first computer / Doron Swade.
Title:
The difference engine : Charles Babbage and the quest to build the first computer / Doron Swade.
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Edition:
1st American ed.
Publisher:
New York : Viking,
Publication Date:
2001
ISBN:
9780670910205
Bibliography Note:
Includes bibliographical references (p. 321-331) and index.
Contents:
Note on the value of money in the nineteenth century -- Difference engine --Tables crisis -- Personal question -- Tragedy and decline -- Miracles and machines -- Analytical engine -- Breakthrough -- Applause in Turin -- Astronomer Royal objects -- Enchantress of number -- Intrigues of science -- Visionaries and pragmatists -- Curtain call -- Modern sequel -- Here we go again -- Trial piece -- Money -- Deal -- Build -- 'Irascible genius' redeemed -- Modern legacy.
Abstract:
In 1821, Charles Babbage was reviewing a set of mathematical tables with a colleague in preparation for a scientific presentation when, after finding a wealth of errors, he exclaimed in frustration, "I wish to God these calculations had been executed by steam!" With this outburst, Babbage began to envision an end to human errors in the numerical tables upon which finance, trade, science, and navigation relied. The Difference Engine is the fascinating story of his heroic quest, against all odds, to build the first computing machine more than one hundred years before the modern computer we use today was invented. Set against the politics and science of the explosive early Victorian era, The Difference Engine is a thrilling tale of Babbage's exuberant determination. Like Longitude, The Difference Engine is a fascinating portrait of the human story behind a pivotal moment in history and one of the most influential inventions of our time.
Content Type:
text
Carrier Type:
volume
Language:
English
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