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On the Principles and Development of the Calculator and Other Seminal Writings

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Regarded as a crackpot by his contemporaries and a genius by modern scientists, Charles Babbage (1792-1871) was the true discoverer of the principles on which all modern computing machines are based. His achievements have been virtually forgotten, but this compilation of his writings, in addition to those of several of his contemporaries, illuminates his pioneering work.

Part I consists of selections from Babbage's long-out-of-print autobiography, Passages from the Life of a Philosopher, in which he recounts the pursuit of his dreams and remarks on noteworthy acquaintances, including Laplace, Biot, Humboldt, and Sir Humphry Davy. Additional features include articles, sketches, and letters by Babbage himself along with notes by his contemporaries that explain the principles and operation of the inventor's brilliant — but never completed — calculating machines. An informative Introduction places these writings in their historical context.

Synopsis:

Charles Babbage (1792-1871) articulated the principles behind modern computing machines. This compilation of his writings, plus those of several of his contemporaries, illuminates the early history of the calculator. 

Synopsis:

Eighteenth-century mathematician Charles Babbage articulated the principles on which all modern computing machines are based. This compilation of his writings, in addition to those of several of his contemporaries, illuminates the work that led to the development of the calculator. Essential reference for anyone interested in the history of computing technology.

Table of Contents

Chapters from Passages from the life of a philosopher — Selections from Babbage's calculating engines — Appendix of miscellaneous papers.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780486246918
Author:
Babbage, Charles
Publisher:
Dover Publications
Author:
Morrison, Emily
Author:
Morrision, Philip
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Calculators
Subject:
History
Subject:
REFERENCE / Trivia
Subject:
Computers Reference-History and Society
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series Volume:
98-1235
Publication Date:
20121131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
448
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.38 in

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Charles Babbage (1792-1871) articulated the principles behind modern computing machines. This compilation of his writings, plus those of several of his contemporaries, illuminates the early history of the calculator. 
"Synopsis" by , Eighteenth-century mathematician Charles Babbage articulated the principles on which all modern computing machines are based. This compilation of his writings, in addition to those of several of his contemporaries, illuminates the work that led to the development of the calculator. Essential reference for anyone interested in the history of computing technology.
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