[asa] Charles Babbage

From: Jon Tandy <tandyland@earthlink.net>
Date: Sat Dec 12 2009 - 23:43:01 EST

I suggested to Randy and Ted that the PSCF consider including a "student's
corner", directed at a student and/or less mature readership. I suggested
the use of introductory articles on the scientific process, scientific and
theological issues, review of homeschool curricula, and articles of interest
to students.


One idea for an interesting article for such an endeavor, which may be of
interest to others here, is linked below.



and video, http://www.npr.org/templates/player/mediaPlayer.html?action=1
lse&id=121206408&m=121210236> &t=1&islist=false&id=121206408&m=121210236


"Charles Babbage, the man whom many consider to be the father of modern
computing, never got to complete any of his life's work. The Victorian
gentleman was a brilliant mathematician, but he wasn't very good at politics
and fundraising, so he never got the financial backing to finish any of his
elaborate machine designs. For decades, even his fans weren't certain
whether his computing machines would have worked.


But Doron Swade, a former curator at the Science Museum in London, has
proven that Babbage wasn't just an eccentric dreamer. Using nothing but
materials that would have been available to Babbage in the 1840s, Swade and
a group of engineers successfully built Babbage's Difference Engine - and a
version is now on display at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View,




Jon Tandy


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