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Charles Babbage : pioneer of the computer / Anthony Hyman

Hyman, Anthony (1928-)

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ISBN 10: 019858170X / ISBN 13: 9780198581703
Published by Oxford : Oxford University Press, 1982
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Fine cloth copy in a near fine, very slightly edge-nicked and dust-dulled dust wrapper, now mylar-sleeved. Remains particularly and surprisingly well-preserved; tight, bright, clean and sharp-cornered.; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 287 pages; Physical description; xv, 287 p, [33] p of plates : ill, facsims, plans, ports ; 24 cm. Includes bibliography and index. Summary; 304, plates, figures. To many, the name Charles Babbage (1792-1871) conjures up the picture of an eccentric 19th-century Englishman who tinkered with calculators and designed the forerunner of today's multi-purpose stored program computer: a quirky mathematician obsessed with a grand scheme. They would be surprised to learn that Babbage was a polymath, a sophisticated traveler, a devoted husband, a political and social reformer and friend of the eminent. Freelance writer and Oxford scholar Anthony Hyman does his hero up proud in this definitive biography - not only describing the many facets of the life, but also providing the socio-cultural background for Babbage's many outspoken proposals. Subjects; Babbage, Charles 1791-1871 - Exposition of 1851. 1 Kg. Bookseller Inventory # 225296

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Title: Charles Babbage : pioneer of the computer / ...

Publisher: Oxford : Oxford University Press

Publication Date: 1982

Binding: Hardcover

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Edition: First Edition.

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This book discusses the career of Charles Babbage (1791-1871), British advocate of the systematic use of science in industry and creator of machines that were precursors of the modern computer. Babbage used his immense personal charm and vitality in an attempt to change the thinking of contemporary industrialists who had little use for the higher reaches of science. Shifting his own energies from pure mathematics, he planned engines that would "calculate by steam": the Difference Engines, designed to compute tables according to the method of finite differences, and the more complex Analytical Engines, forerunners of the modern computer.

Almost forgotten and then rediscovered in the middle of the twentieth century, the Analytical Engines are among the great intellectual achievements of humankind. This biography of their polymathic inventor gives a convincing account of his tragic personal life and his important place in the history of science.

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