Photographs of letters to Charles Babbage from William, 2nd Baron Brougham, and Dionysius Lardner.
Babbage / Brougham Letters
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- ReferenceGB 103 MS ADD 292
- Dates of Creation17 Jul 1826-
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- Language of MaterialEnglish
- Physical Description3 photocopied letters
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Charles Babbage was born in London and educated at Trinity College and Peterhouse, Cambridge. From 1815 onwards, he was a participant in the burgeoning London scientific scene. He became a fellow of the Royal Society in 1816 and was active in the Astronomical Society from its foundation in 1820. Babbage published several papers and books on topics in mathematics and the philosophy of science, but is best known today for his invention of a kind of a 'difference engine' (an automated calculating machine forming a mechanical precursor to the modern computer); the machine was never built during his lifetime but staff at the Science Museum in London have since successfully constructed a working model.
The papers are available subject to the usual conditions of access to Archives and Manuscripts material, after the completion of a Reader's Undertaking.
Originals in the collection of Mrs Jean Babbage. Photographs printed from negatives supplied in 1982 by G T Tel, Department of Civil and Municipal Engineering, University College London.
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