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Building Babbage’s Computer from the 1830s

Charles Babbage designed a fully functional mechanical computer called the Analytical Engine in 1837. It used gigantic stacks of cogs for memory (capable of storing 1,000 numbers to 40 decimal places), a CPU-like computing engine developed using gears and wheels, a printer (numbers only), a plotter (for graphics…ish), and even a programming language (Ada [...]

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#169 – Week of November 17, 2011 Twisting Dancing Cloud Phenomenon – [video & explanation]The Hidden Infrastructure of Internet – [fascinating]360 Panoramic Video Experience! – [click and drag]History of Typewriters… by lip sounds – [cool video]The Evolution of Western Dance Music – [interactive map]SuperCute Fix of the Day: Lovely Owls – [video]Enigmatic Ancient Celtic Artefact – [...]

Charles Babbage’s Early Computer May Finally Be Built

In 1837, Charles Babbage designed an early computer. He called it the Analytical Engine. Unfortunately, Babbage died before he could build it. But there’s a campaign underway to make one using the original blueprints: Elements of the engine have been built over the last 173 years, but this would be the first complete working model of [...]