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Charles Babbage and the Engines of Perfection
Bruce Collier (au); James MacLachlan (au)
Charles Babbage, “the grandfather of the modern computer,” successfully formulated a table of logarithms, allowing mathematical calculations to be executed with extreme precision. Only the chance of human error prevented infallibility. He concluded that a machine that automated calculations & left the human mind out of the equation had to be created. He devoted his life designing & perfecting his difference engines & analytical engines -- precursors to the modern computer. This biography traces Babbage’s education & scientific career, his forays into philosophy, & the biggest disappointment of his life -- his ingenious inventions were centuries ahead of the primitive capabilities of Victorian technology. Illustrations.
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