Could the Computer Age Have Begun in Victorian England?
Jeremy Hsu, TechNewsDaily Senior Writer
Date: 31 October 2012 Time: 10:09 AM ET
|Famed mathematician Charles Babbage designed a Victorian-era called the Analytical Engine. This is a portion of the mill with a printing mechanism. |
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The early computer concept — a brass-and-iron machine the size of a small steam locomotive — came from the mind of Charles Babbage, a famed mathematician who tinkered with different designs for the Analytical Engine until his death in 1871.
The Plan 28 project aims to build Babbage's machine by raising $8 million (5 million in British pounds) over the next 10 years.
"The Analytical Engine would have been the world's first computer," said John Graham-Cumming, a programmer and director of Plan 28.
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