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Babbage

[bab-ij]
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noun
  1. Charles,1792–1871, English mathematician: invented the precursor of the modern computer.
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  • In 1821, Babbage had the idea for his first Difference Engine, the predecessor of the modern computer.

  • Babbage never had the chance to complete his groundbreaking calculating machine.

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  • Eventually, as Babbage's vision grew ever more expansive, the government invested over £17,000 ($28,000).

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  • Babbage, Herschel, Whewell, and Jones set out on massive projects to collect and make sense of vast data sets.

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  • And Babbage dreamed up a machine that could churn through and make sense of this information.

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    March 5, 2011

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Babbage

noun
  1. Charles 1792–1871, English mathematician and inventor, who built a calculating machine that anticipated the modern electronic computer
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babbage in Science

Babbage

[băbĭj]
  1. British mathematician who is considered a pioneer of computer science. In 1837 Babbage described an idea for the analytical engine, a machine that could be programmed with punched cards to perform complex calculations. Although Babbage never finished building the analytical engine, his idea is recognized as the forerunner of the modern computer.
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