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The Difference Engine: Charles Babbage and the Quest to Build the First Computer

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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.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780670910205
Subtitle:
the Quest to Build the First Computer
Author:
Swade, Doron
Author:
Babbage, Charles
Publisher:
Viking Adult
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
History
Subject:
Calculators
Subject:
Scientists - Inventors
Subject:
General Biography
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st American ed.
Series Volume:
199
Publication Date:
20010910
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
8.11x5.33x1.18 in. 1.04 lbs.

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