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Passages from the Life of a Philosopher

Author: Charles Babbage
Publisher: Cambridge Cambridge University Press 1864
Series: Cambridge library collection. Technology
Edition/Format:   eBook : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The mathematician and engineer Charles Babbage (1791–1871) is best remembered for his 'calculating machines', which are considered the forerunner of modern computers. Over the course of his life he wrote a number of books based on his scientific investigations, but in this volume, published in 1864, Babbage writes in a more personal vein. He points out at the beginning of the work that it 'does not aspire to the  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Charles Babbage
ISBN: 9781139103671 1139103679 9781108037884 1108037887
OCLC Number: 967597375
Notes: Title from publisher's bibliographic system (viewed on 05 Oct 2015).
Description: 1 online resource (516 pages)
Contents: Preface; 1. My ancestors; 2. Childhood; 3. Boyhood; 4. Cambridge; 5. Difference engine no. 1; 6. Statement relative to the difference engine, drawn up by the late Sir H. Nicolas from the author's papers; 7. Difference engine no. 2; 8. Of the analytical engine; 9. Of the mechanical notation; 10. The exhibition of 1862; 11. The late Prince Consort; 12. Recollections of the Duke of Wellington; 13. Recollections of Wollaston, Davy, and Rogers; 14. Recollections of Laplace, Biot, and Humboldt; 15. Experience by water; 16. Experience by fire; 17. Experience amongst workmen; 18. Picking locks and deciphering; 19. Experience in St. Giles's; 20. Theatrical experience; 21. Electioneering experience; 22. Scene from a new after-piece; 23. Experience at courts; 24. Experience at courts; 25. Railways; 26. Street nuisances; 27. Wit; 28. Hints for travellers; 29. Miracles; 30. Religion; 31. A vision; 32. Various reminiscences; 33. The author's contributions to human knowledge; 34. The author's further contributions to human knowledge; 35. Results of science; 36. Agreeable recollections; Appendix; List of Mr. Babbage's printed papers.
Series Title: Cambridge library collection. Technology
Responsibility: Charles Babbage.

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The mathematician and engineer Charles Babbage (1791-1871) is best remembered for his automatic 'calculating machines', the forerunner of modern computers. Babbage looks back on his life and  Read more...

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