Charles Babbage Essay

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Charles Babbage Charles Babbage is referred to as the “father of the computer.” He is given this title because he had originated the modern analytical computer, but never actually built one. He is accredited with the designs of the Difference Engines 1 and 2 and the Analytical Machine. Only one of his projects was ever created, 153 years after its design. Charles Babbage, a London Banker’s son, was born in London on December 26, 1792. When he was young he taught himself algebra and by the time he attended Trinity College, Cambridge, he was past the knowledge of his tutors. In his twenties Babbage worked on calculus of functions. He then went on to design the version of the modern analytical computer. Babbage passed away October 18, 1871, at his home in London. His inventions included the Difference Engines 1 and 2 and the Analytical Engine. The difference engines were mainly calculators that crunched numbers by repeated addition that were designed in 1821. His ideas behind these machines were to improve the accuracy of the mathematical tables and reduce human error. The analytical engine was much more than a calculator; it was the forerunner of the modern electronic computer. This design was completed by 1856. Keep in mind, Babbage only had these ideas and partly finished creations, but never an end physical product. The reason for never completing a design can be attributed to the limitation of Victorian age tools. Another theory of why Babbage projects were never finished is associated with his other nickname, “irascible genius.” Some say that his quarrels with the British government and chief engineer could have led to his creations’ demise. The first of his creations to be completed was in 2002, in London. The Difference Engine 2 was constructed just as to the designs of Baggage. The invention ended up consisting of 8,000 parts,

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