Tuesday, November 08, 2011

Computer Experts Building 1830s Babbage Analytical Engine - NYTimes.com

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What it may do, though, is answer a question that has tantalized historians for decades: Did an eccentric mathematician named Charles Babbage conceive of the first programmable computer in the 1830s, a hundred years before the idea was put forth in its modern form by Alan Turing?

The machine on the drawing boards at the Science Museum in London is the Babbage Analytical Engine, a room-size mechanical behemoth that its inventor envisioned but never built.

Computer Experts Building 1830s Babbage Analytical Engine - NYTimes.com

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