1791 – Babbage – bio

Charles Babbage was born in London, England, in 1791 and was a mathematician and inventor who is mostly known for designing the first calculating machine, that he called a “difference engine”. Babbage had the idea that tables of logarithms “might be calculated by machinery”, which would save time and reduce errors. He went on to create designs for a more advanced machine called the “analytical engine” and then a better version of the first design called the “difference engine number two”, but never was able to build any of them.

PRECURSOR:
1232 – Llull
1643 – Newton
1646 – Leibniz
1707 – Euler
1736 – Lagrange
1765 – Lacroix
1773 – Woodhouse

CONCURRENT:
1786 – Arago
1791 – Peacock
1792 – Herschel (John)

SUBSEQUENT:
1815 – Lovelace
1821 – Cayley
1845 – Clifford
1890 – Bush
1916 – Shannon

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