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A letter to the Board of visitors of the Greenwich Royal Observatory in reply to the calumnies of Mr. Babbage at their meeting in June 1853, and in his book entitled The exposition of 1851

SHEEPSHANKS, R[ichard] Rev

Published by G. Barclay, London, 1854
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Cloth boards. Signature of A[dam] Sedgwick (1785-1873), a friend of Charles Darwin and one of the founders of modern geology, on title. An excellent copy. First edition of Sheepshank's response to Babbage's attack against him. In the twelfth chapter of The exposition of 1851, entitled "Intrigues of Science," Babbage attacks Sheepshanks "for his supposed intrigues against the calculating engines, and [Babbage] had also given a partisan account of the long-standing quarrel between Sheepshanks and the astronomer James South, whom Babbage had sided with in several disputes" (Norman). Sheepshanks (1794-1855) was an English astronomer who served as editor of the Monthly notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. Apparently he was always skeptical of Babbage's ability to deliver a working differential or analytical engine. Bookseller Inventory # 15088

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Title: A letter to the Board of visitors of the ...

Publisher: G. Barclay, London

Publication Date: 1854


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