Charles Babbage: Passages from the Life of a Philosopher

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Available in paperback at last: the complete autobiography of Charles Babbage (1791-1871), the technological genius who invented the first computer a hundred and fifty years ago! Even though Babbage never got his Difference Engine and Analytical Engine to work, his brilliant insights laid the way for the Computer Revolution. Babbage's scientific curiosity, energy and creativity led him into many areas of human endeavor, and he delights in sharing his discoveries in this wittiest of memoirs.

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The mathematician and engineer Charles Babbage (1791-1871) is best remembered for his automatic 'calculating machines', the forerunner of modern computers. Babbage looks back on his life and distinguished career in this book, published in 1864, using many colourful anecdotes to recall his childhood, education and scientific work.

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Dr. Martin Campbell-Kelly is Lecturer in Computer Science, University of Warwick, Editor-in-Chief of the Charles Babbage Institute reprint series for the History of Computing, and editor of "Annals of the History of Computing".

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