[SIGCIS-Members] Fwd: Charles Babbage, Novelist
marc at webhistory.org
Tue Aug 5 13:42:40 PDT 2014
From Doron Swade, who headed the construction of the two Difference Engines (at London Sci Museum and CHM):
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> From: "doron.swade"
> Date: August 5, 2014 1:31:57 PM PDT
> To: Marc Weber <marc at webhistory.org>
> Cc: Tim Robinson
> Subject: Re: [SIGCIS-Members] Charles Babbage, Novelist
> Dear Marc
> The source is 'Passages from the Life of a Philosopher', Babbage's autobiographical excursion. I am away from my sources in London at this time so can't check the page number but it is, as I recall, in the chapter on the Analytical Engine about where CB writes about tic-tac-toe arcade machines as another reference to funding the construction of the Analytical Engine. The references CB makes to novel writing appear in the nature of a passing musing rather than conscientious intention - but who knows. The intention may have been real and the reference only, casual.
> Best wishes
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Internet History Program Founder and Curator, Computer History Museum
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