Babbage's Analytical Engine, 1834-1871. (Trial model)

Made:
1871 in London
maker:
Charles Babbage

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Analytical engine constructed by the late Chas. Babbage, F.R.S., (this was not put together when received and there are
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Analytical engine constructed by the late Chas. Babbage, F.R.S., (this was not put together when received and there are
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Analytical engine constructed by the late Chas. Babbage, F.R.S., (this was not put together when received and there are
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Analytical engine constructed by the late Chas. Babbage, F.R.S., (this was not put together when received and there are
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Analytical engine constructed by the late Chas. Babbage, F.R.S., (this was not put together when received and there are
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Analytical engine constructed by the late Chas. Babbage, F.R.S., (this was not put together when received and there are
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Portion of the mill of the Analytical Engine with printing mechanism, designed by Charles Babbage and under construction at the time of his death, London, 1834-1871.

This analytical engine, the first fully-automatic calculating machine, was constructed by British computing pioneer Charles Babbage (1791-1871), who first conceived the idea of an advanced calculating machine to calculate and print mathematical tables in 1812. Conceived by him in 1834, this machine was designed to evaluate any mathematical formula and to have even higher powers of analysis than his original Difference engine of the 1820s. Only part of the machine as a trial piece was completed before Babbage's death in 1871.

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Details

Category:
Computing & Data Processing
Object Number:
1878-3
Materials:
various metals, steel, brass, bronze etc and wood (unidentified)
type:
analytical engine, mill
credit:
Major-General Babbage

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