Edinburgh: Edinburgh Review, Longman, Rees, Green & Co., 1834. First Edition. Half Leather. Very Good Condition. Item #124804
The Babbage article runs to 64 Pages, including 5 diagrams, in a complete volume of 545 pages, covering another 24 varied topics by a variety of contributors. Contents very clean throughout. Contemporary binding of half leather, with gilt ruled bands and lettering to the spine. Marbled boards lightly rubbed. All joints very sound and firm, no loose pages, no damage. A very attractive example of an increasingly uncommon 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 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. Size: Octavo (standard book size). Quantity Available: 1. Shipped Weight: 2-3 kilos. Category: Edinburgh Review; New Arrivals; Inventory No: 124804. This item is potentially heavy when packed and may require more postage than the rates shown. If extra postage is required we will contact you before processing your order and you will be given the details and option to decline the extra cost.
Keywords: BZDB395 Edinburgh Review; New Arrivals; Charles Babbages Calculating Engine An original article contained in the complete Volume 59 of the Edinburgh Review 1834 Dionysius Lardner