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The Analytical Engine

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Visit this site: http://www.fourmilab.to/babbage/

Author:John Walker
Description: The mathematician Charles Babbage designed an Analytical Engine, a mechanical precursor to the computer, in the late 1800s. Read historical documents related to the Engine, including Blaise Pascal's account of his mechanical adding machine (in French), as well as Babbage's comments on designing ciphers. The site features a Java emulator of the Analytical Engine: extensive documentation and example programs to run may be found online, and the Java source code for the emulator can be downloaded.

Levels: High School (9-12), College, Research
Languages: English, French
Resource Types: Articles, Books, Archives/Download Sites, Topic Tools Miscellaneous, Web Interactive/Java
Math Topics: History and Biography, Computer Science

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