Over the next decade, a group of researchers in the UK will attempt to construct a working version of Charles Babbage's Analytical Engine, which he dreamed up a hundred years ago, but did not complete. John Markoff has the story in the New York Times today, and here's a related interactive feature. Cory blogged about the project recently on Boing Boing, and the legacy of Babbage, a great mathematician, philisopher, and engineer, is a favorite topic in our archives (see links below).
- Work begins on Babbage's Analytical Engine
- Babbage-esque mechanical computer chip
- Comic about Ada Lovelace and Charles Babbage
- Charles Babbage comic
- Babbage Difference Engine No. 2 Recreation Coming to Computer ...
- Babbage difference engine No. 2 now operational – Boing Boing Gadgets
- Lovelace met Babbage on this day in 1833
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