CHARLES BABBAGE (1791-1871):

The Calculating Engine

in the South Carolina College Library

Introduction | Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | References

The role of Charles Babbage (1791-1871) in the prehistory of computing has often been told.  Babbage’s designs for his mechanical Difference Engine and Analytical Engine pioneered many concepts used in modern computers (for instance, the distinction between the calculating engine itself and memory storage, and the creation of pre-designed programs for standard operations).  This exhibit uses many of the original publications in which Babbage put forward his ideas, to illustrate the range of historically-significant materials represented in the library of the antebellum South Carolina College and now available for study in the modern Department of Rare Books & Special Collections.








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