Monday, April 06, 2009

Steelhead Library: Steampunk Discussion Series: Charles Babbage, His Work and Influences.

"The analytical engine weaves algebraic patterns just as the Jacquard loom weaves flowers and leaves."
A. A. L. ( Ada Lovelace)

Mr. Bartleby Kidd continues his popular steampunk discussions by considering Babbage and his calculating engines. We will discuss his precursors (going back at least to Leibniz and Pascal, possibly to Schickard, and maybe even to the Antikythera mechanism), what spurred him to invent these things, his success (or lack thereof), the role of Ada Lovelace, and how his work has influenced steampunk.

Mr. & Mrs. Decosta - who were very kind and made me welcome

The darling revered Ada

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