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Charles Babbage and his calculating engines : selected writings by Charles Babbage and others

Author: Charles BabbagePhilip MorrisonEmily MorrisonDionysius LardnerLuigi Federico MenabreaAll authors
Publisher: New York : Dover Publications, ©1961.
Series: Dover books, T12
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Charles Babbage, pioneer in the field of computing machines, is well known today as the development and dissemination of computers has made it clear that he was a man ahead of his time. For a large part of his life Babbage was chiefly interested in the calculating engine, but from his writings it is apparent that in addition to understanding the principles of the construction of computers, he had a clear insight  Read more...
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Biography
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Babbage, Charles, 1791-1871.
Charles Babbage and his calculating engines.
New York : Dover Publications, ©1961
(OCoLC)558800582
Named Person: Charles Babbage; Charles Babbage; Charles Babbage; Charles Babbage; Charles Babbage
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Charles Babbage; Philip Morrison; Emily Morrison; Dionysius Lardner; Luigi Federico Menabrea; Ada King Lovelace, Countess of; Henry Prevost Babbage
ISBN: 0486200124 9780486200125
OCLC Number: 1208500
Description: xxxviii, 400 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm.
Contents: Part I. Chapters from "Passages from the Life of a Philosopher" / Charles Babbage ; Preface --
Childhood --
Boyhood --
Cambridge --
Difference engine no. 1 --
Of the analytical engine --
Recollections of Wollaston, Davy, and Rogers --
Recollections of Laplace, Biot, and Humboldt --
Experience by water --
Experience by fire --
Picking locks and deciphering --
Railways --
Hints for travellers --
The author's further contributions to human knowledge --
Part II. Selections from "Babbage's Calculating Engines" ; Babbage's calculating engine / Dionysius Lardner --
Sketch of the analytical engine invented by Charles Babbage / L.F. Menabrea, with notes by the translator, Ada Augusta, Countess of Lovelace --
On the application of machinery to the purpose of calculating and printing mathematical tables / Charles Babbage --
On the theoretical principles of the machinery for calculating tables / Charles Babbage --
Observations on the application of machinery to the computation of mathematical tables / Charles Babbage --
On the division of mental labour / Charles Babbage --
Calculating engines / Charles Babbage --
The analytical engine / H.P. Babbage --
On a method of expressing by signs the action of machinery / Charles Babbage --
Laws of mechanical notation / Charles Babbage --
Part III. Appendix of miscellaneous papers ; On the age of strata, as inferred from the rings of trees embedded in them / Charles Babbage --
List of Mr. Babbage's printed papers --
General plan of engine no. 1 [diagram] --
Plates VII-X [photographic reproductions] --
Table of contents [from "Passages from the Life of a Philosopher"].
Series Title: Dover books, T12
Other Titles: Selected writings by Charles Babbage and others
Responsibility: edited and with an introduction by Philip Morrison and Emily Morrison.

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Charles Babbage, pioneer in the field of computing machines, is well known today as the development and dissemination of computers has made it clear that he was a man ahead of his time. For a large part of his life Babbage was chiefly interested in the calculating engine, but from his writings it is apparent that in addition to understanding the principles of the construction of computers, he had a clear insight into their potential applications and the way to use them. He was also a pioneer in the field of operations research, was interested in an amazingly broad range of subjects, and was one of the first people to obtain a government grant in support of research! The editors have written an introduction which serves as a coordinating preamble to some chapters from Babbage's "Passages from the Life of a Philosopher" along with selections from "Calculating Engines" and assorted miscellaneous papers, blending everything to produce a book which can be read with the ease of a novel and is certainly no less entertaining.

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