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Babbage, Charles, 1791-1871 (mathematician)

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Biography

Charles Babbage (1791-1871), mathematician and scientist, studied at Trinity College and Peterhouse, Cambridge 1811-1814, and was Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at Cambridge, 1828-1839. In addition to being a champion within the University of the 'continental notation' following Leibniz in the infinitesimal calculus, he was a pioneer of mechanical computation, designing but not completing his 'difference engines' and 'analytical engine', the latter being a conceptual forerunner of later programmable electronic devices.

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Charles Babbage: Letter to Sir Francis Beaufort, 1842

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.4251/39
Scope and Contents From the Fonds:

Artificial collection of single item or small collection accessions. Mainly correspondence but includes other papers.

Dates: 1842
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