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Babbage, Charles 1791-1871

Works: 516 works in 1,912 publications in 11 languages and 34,146 library holdings
Genres: History  Biography  Biographies  Graphic novels  Comic books, strips, etc  Fiction  Humor  Juvenile works  Biographical comics  Sources 
Subject Headings: Mathematicians  Inventors 
Roles: Author, Editor, Author in quotations or text abstracts, Bibliographic antecedent, Dedicatee, Correspondent, wat, Honoree
Classifications: QA29.B2, B
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On the economy of machinery and manufactures by Charles Babbage( Book )

189 editions published between 1832 and 2014 in 6 languages and held by 1,297 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this famous book, first published in 1832, Charles Babbage (1791-1871), the mathematician, philosopher, engineer and inventor who originated the concept of a programmable computer, surveys manufacturing practices and discusses the political, moral and economic factors affecting them. The book met with hostility from the publishing industry on account of Babbage's analysis of the manufacture and sale of books. Babbage describes the many different printing processes of the time, analyses the costs of book production and explains the publication process, before discussing the 'too large' profit margins of booksellers. Babbage succeeded in his aim 'to avoid all technical terms, and to describe in concise language', making this an eminently readable historical account. His analysis and promotion of mechanisation and efficient 'division of labour' (still known as the 'Babbage principle') continue to resonate strongly for modern industrial engineering
The difference engine : Charles Babbage and the quest to build the first computer by Doron Swade( Book )

2 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 951 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In 1821, Charles Babbage was reviewing a set of mathematical tables with a colleague in preparation for a scientific presentation when, after finding a wealth of errors, he exclaimed in frustration, "I wish to God these calculations had been executed by steam!" With this outburst, Babbage began to envision an end to human errors in the numerical tables upon which finance, trade, science, and navigation relied. The Difference Engine is the fascinating story of his heroic quest, against all odds, to build the first computing machine more than one hundred years before the modern computer we use today was invented. Set against the politics and science of the explosive early Victorian era, The Difference Engine is a thrilling tale of Babbage's exuberant determination. Like Longitude, The Difference Engine is a fascinating portrait of the human story behind a pivotal moment in history and one of the most influential inventions of our time
Reflections on the decline of science in England, and on some of its causes by Charles Babbage( Book )

83 editions published between 1830 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 600 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The mathematician Charles Babbage (1791–1871) was one of the most original thinkers of the nineteenth century. In this influential 1830 publication, he criticises the continued failure of government to support science and scientists. In addition, he identifies the weaknesses of the then existing scientific societies, saving his most caustic remarks for the Royal Society. Asserting that the societies were operated largely by small groups of amateurs possessing only superficial interest and knowledge of science, Babbage explores the importance of the relationships between science, technology and society. Exposing the absence of a true scientific culture, he states, 'The pursuit of science does not, in England, constitute a distinct profession, as it does in other countries.' These concerns found favour with many, influencing reforms of the Royal Society and leading to the founding of the British Association
The ninth Bridgewater treatise: a fragment by Charles Babbage( Book )

72 editions published between 1837 and 2012 in 3 languages and held by 533 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A comparative view of the various institutions for the assurance of lives by Charles Babbage( Book )

33 editions published between 1826 and 2011 in English and held by 412 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Exposition of 1851 by Charles Babbage( Book )

80 editions published between 1851 and 2016 in English and held by 381 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Charles Babbage (1791-1871), one of the most original thinkers of the nineteenth century, is best remembered as the pioneer of computing technology, but he also made significant contributions to mathematics, mechanical engineering, philosophy and political economy. This book, first published in 1851, is an example of his active and effective campaigning for the role of scientists and the place of science, technology and technical education in society. Ahead of his time, Babbage was critical of government and the scientific community for not valuing science and technology in education. The work develops these themes, using the Great Exhibition as a backdrop to highlight the political and cultural factors that can impede scientific and technological progress. Britain's industrial supremacy, he argued, disguised the need to develop technical education. As relevant and persuasive today as in 1851, Babbage's arguments emphasise the fundamental importance of technology to the advancement of society
The works of Charles Babbage by Charles Babbage( Book )

15 editions published in 1989 in English and held by 190 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Charles Babbage by Neil Champion( Book )

1 edition published in 2001 in English and held by 181 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Examines the life and contributions of the English mathematician and inventor, whose work with calculating machines caused him to be called the father of the modern computer
Table of the logarithms of the natural numbers, from 1 to 108000 by Charles Babbage( Book )

55 editions published between 1000 and 2015 in English and Hungarian and held by 135 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Passages from the life of a philosopher by Charles Babbage( Book )

58 editions published between 1864 and 2016 in English and held by 122 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The mathematician and engineer Charles Babbage (1791–1871) is best remembered for his 'calculating machines', which are considered the forerunner of modern computers. Over the course of his life he wrote a number of books based on his scientific investigations, but in this volume, published in 1864, Babbage writes in a more personal vein. He points out at the beginning of the work that it 'does not aspire to the name of autobiography', though the chapters sketch out the contours of his life, beginning with his family, his childhood and formative years studying at Cambridge, and moving through various episodes in his scientific career. However, the work also diverges into his observations on other topics, as indicated by chapter titles such as 'Street Nuisances' and 'Wit'. Babbage's colourful recollections give an intimate portrait of the life of one of Britain's most influential inventors
An elementary treatise on the differential and integral calculus by S. F Lacroix( Book )

4 editions published in 1816 in English and held by 81 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

As part of their campaign to introduce the continental notation into Great Britain, Babbage and his friends Herschel and Peacock translated and published S. F. Lacroix's Sur le calcul differentiel et integral (1802). Babbage had begun the task of translation while still at Cambridge, but for one reason or another set it aside uncompleted. "A few years later Peacock called on me in Devonshire Street, and stated that both Herschel and himself were convinced that the change from the dots to the d's would not be accomplished until some foreign work of eminence should be translated into English. Peacock then proposed that I should either finish the translation which I had commenced, or that Herschel and himself should complete the remainder of my translation. I suggested that we should toss up which alternative to take. It was determined by lot that we should make a joint translation." Some months after, the translation of the small work of Lacroix was published (Babbage 1864, 39). Part I of Lacroix's work, on differential calculus, was translated by Babbage; Part II, on integral calculus, was translated jointly by Peacock and Herschel. The "Appendix" was written by Herschel, and he and Peacock collaborated on the notes. Acceptance of the new notation was slow at first, but by 1820 the d-notation had triumphed at Cambridge, largely due to the support and influence of William Whewell, the future dean of Trinity College
How to invent machinery by Charles Babbage( Book )

10 editions published between 1899 and 1972 in English and held by 78 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The economy of machinery and manufactures by Charles Babbage( Book )

13 editions published between 1832 and 2006 in English and held by 77 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A treatise on the manufactures and machinery of Great Britain by Peter Barlow( Book )

8 editions published between 1836 and 2005 in English and held by 37 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A word to the wise by Charles Babbage( Book )

18 editions published between 1833 and 1856 in English and held by 34 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Science économique des manufactures by Charles Babbage( Book )

10 editions published between 1834 and 2012 in French and English and held by 33 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Science and reform : selected works of Charles Babbage by Charles Babbage( Book )

14 editions published between 1989 and 2007 in English and held by 22 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Charles Babbage was a key figure of a great era of British history. Best remembered for his pioneering Difference and Analytical Engines, forerunners of the modern computer, Babbage was also an active reformer of science and society. Among his friends were the Bonapartes, the Duke of Wellington, the Duke of Somerset, Byron's daughter Ada Lovelace and the reforming Earl of Shaftesbury, whose interest Babbage directed to the factories. In this book, Anthony Hyman has selected passages from Babbage's many publications, including his proposals on profit sharing and life peerages and his ideas on such topics as the applications of science, scientific management, taxation and life assurance. Setting each extract in perspective, Hyman has provided the passages with an explanatory editorial commentary. Together with his concern for the systematic application of science, technology and mathematical method to commercial, industrial and economic problems, his work on computing makes Charles Babbage one of the most remarkable as well as one of the most colourful figures in the history of science
Babbage's calculating engines : a collection of papers by Henry Prevost Babbage( Book )

11 editions published between 1889 and 2010 in English and held by 16 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The principal source of information for the technical operation of Babbage's Difference and Analytical engines, and an extremely difficult book to obtain. Toward the end of his life, Babbage began assembling his own and other's previously published writings on the Difference and Analytical Engines with the intent of publishing a history of the machines, but died before he could accomplish this task. He had the first 294 pages of this work typeset and printed on slightly varying types of paper during his lifetime. It would appear that its purpose was to collect the most significant published writings, many of which had appeared as obscure pamphlets or in little-read journals, together with a listing of what remained unpublished, including all of Babbage's notebooks and engineering drawings (listed on pp. 271-294), in the hope that his unfinished projects might be completed at some future date. The book was completed by Babbage's youngest son, Major-General Henry Prevost Babbage, to whom Babbage had bequeathed his calculating engines and everything pertaining to them. Were it not for this volume and the bibliography of Babbage's works published both here (on the last three printed pages of the book) and in Babbage's autobiography, Babbage's achievements might have been forgotten. As it turned out the information was never implemented literally, probably because construction of the mechanical Analytical Engine was just too complex a project for any organization except a government to undertake. Yet Babbage's ambitions and his ideas remained alive in the minds of people working in mechanical computation long after his technology had fallen into obsolescence. When Vannevar Bush suggested in 1936 that electromechanical technology might be the way to realize "Babbage's large conception" of the Analytical Engine, he cited this volume among his references; and in building the electromechanical Harvard Mark I, Howard Aiken saw himself as fulfilling Babbage's ambition
The thrilling adventures of Lovelace and Babbage : with interesting & curious anecdotes of celebrated and distinguished characters fully illustrating a variety of instructive and amusing scenes ; as performed within and without the remarkable difference engine by Sydney Padua( Book )

1 edition published in 2015 in English and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Meet Victorian London's most dynamic duo: Charles Babbage, the unrealized inventor of the computer, and his accomplice, Ada, Countess of Lovelace, the peculiar protoprogrammer and daughter of Lord Byron. When Lovelace translated a description of Babbage's plans for an enormous mechanical calculating machine in 1842, she added annotations three times longer than the original work. Her footnotes contained the first appearance of the general computing theory, a hundred years before an actual computer was built. Sadly, Lovelace died of cancer a decade after publishing the paper, and Babbage never built any of his machines. But do not despair! The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage presents a rollicking alternate reality in which Lovelace and Babbage do build the Difference Engine and then use it to build runaway economic models, battle the scourge of spelling errors, explore the wilder realms of mathematics, and, of course, fight crime -- for the sake of both London and science. Complete with extensive footnotes that rival those penned by Lovelace herself, historical curiosities, and never-before-seen diagrams of Babbage's mechanical, steam-powered computer
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The difference engine : Charles Babbage and the quest to build the first computer
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The difference engine : Charles Babbage and the quest to build the first computerReflections on the decline of science in England, and on some of its causesThe ninth Bridgewater treatise: a fragmentA comparative view of the various institutions for the assurance of livesThe Exposition of 1851The works of Charles BabbageCharles BabbagePassages from the life of a philosopher