"The computer was invented in the 30s: not the 1930s, but the 1830s. British mathematician Charles Babbage designed and prototyped a fully functional mechanical computer he called the Analytical Engine, but it was never completed. Now a team in Britain plans to build the machine for display at London's Science Museum before the 2030s come around."
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- It'll be interesting to see that thing churning.
This guy built a difference engine out of LEGO: http://acarol.woz.org/ (notice the coolest domain name ever) but the full analytical engine is going to be sweet.Apr 29, 2012
- I love Neal Stephenson historical fiction on the "Analytical Engine". It's a great read, how often to you find fiction that has 18th century India as one of the set prices.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Baroque_CycleApr 30, 2012