Charles Babbage's Calculating Engine. Edinburgh Review.
Edinburgh Review, 1834, 1st edition.
1834 No ISBN First Edition Hardcover Very Good Condition Journal
The Babbage article is 65 pages, with textual tables, 5 textual figures, etc. Octavo. The complete volume 59 (545pp, index). Bound in a late 20th century purple buckram binding, gilt lettered. Very sound and firm throughout, no cracked joints or loose pages. Ex university library, with their stamp to the rear of the title page, and tickets on the front endpapers, and class number label to the foot of the spine, otherwise quite unmarked throughout. Overall a very clean and sound volume. Lardner's article represents a chief source of information regarding Babbage's invention. A review of seven publications, from Babbage, and the Royal Society it presents in an accessible form an understanding of Babbage's mechanical notations and the basic workings of the machine. The Edinburgh Review article proved influential to other interested scientists including Pehr Georg Scheutz who in due course was able to build a calculating machine based upon Babbage's principles, but at a fraction of the cost. Lardner himself appears to have been most interested in mathematical table errors, to the extent of suggesting that Babbage's machine was the only possible means of eradicating them. The Edinburgh Review article was in effect a published version of a lecture series conducted by Lardner in the north of England in early 1834, where Lardner had developed an accessible means of explaining the Calculating Machine to a wider audience. He wrote the article with some help and support from Babbage. A key article regarding arguably the founding father of computing science. Quantity Available: 1. Category: Mathematics; Antiquarian & Rare. Hardcover 196910 1.00