Check out the first working model of Babbage’s Difference Engine No. 2. HT: Paul L.
The Statistics Dictionary says on Answers.com about Charles Babbage:
(1792–1871; b. London, England; d. London, England) English mathematician and inventor. He studied mathematics at Cambridge U, graduating in 1814. At Cambridge he was a co-founder of the ‘Analytical Society’ which advanced the cause of what is now the standard notation for differentiation. He was elected FRS in 1816 and FRSE in 1820 (the year in which he was a co-founder of what is now the Royal Astronomical Society). He is best known as the ‘Father of Computing’, having formulated the idea of a mechanical calculator during his student days. A first model was demonstrated in 1822, at which time he stated ‘I wish to God these calculations had been executed by steam’.
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