Check your Babbage

by Gary Niederhoff on January 3, 2011



Charles Babbage created Difference Engine Number 2 in the mid 19th century. Created on paper, that is. He never got to see his creation completed, as it wasn’t actually built until the early 1990’s. In 2008, a second working Difference Engine Number 2 was installed at the Mountain View Computer History Museum, and is pictured above, top, in detail, and above, bottom, with human Molly Bentley. Hear more about Seth and Molly’s trip to the Computer History Museum on this week’s show.

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