Thursday, October 14, 2010

Babbage-tastical



The Geek Atlas author John Graham-Cumming is attempting to secure funds for the building of Charles Babbage's Analytical Engine, which he designed in 1837. The analog computer, with a central processing unit, memory, and the ability to program via punch cards, was needless to say well ahead of its time... and extremely complex. Elements of the machine have been built by several people (including Babbage's son) but as of yet no one has attempted to bring the design to life in its entirety. This steam powered behemoth would be quite the sight to behold, me thinks.

Read the Beeb's story here.

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