It still surprises me that at each talk I deliver, people come up to me to tell me that they have either never heard of Babbage - or if they have didn't realize what a massive contribution he (not to mention Ada Byron) made to engineering and technological development. And not just here at home... Continue Reading →
Last night was the first in the season of talks on Charles Babbage. My deep thanks to all the members of the Crashbox and Classic Car Club who turned out to listen to my presentation about the brilliant, enigmatic and inventive Charles Babbage. Thanks you for welcoming me so warmly and responding with such interest... Continue Reading →
A fascinating look into the mind of a genius – Charles Babbage
I am very excited to post here the newspaper article published in the Teignmouth Post - and I must say a huge thanks to John Ware... Click the image to read it in its own window.
Babbage gets involved with the railways.
In 1837 Charles Babbage was asked by Brunel to work with him on the Great Western Railway It was a family affair as his son was working for Brunel at this time. Brunel wanted ‘research into the safety and efficiency’ of the proposed G W R. Babbage was straight on with the job - so... Continue Reading →
There’s a place for everything and everything in its place
‘Charles Babbage from the beginning’ starts off exploring who his ancestors were, what they did for a living and where in Devon they lived. Ancestry was something that Charles was immensely interested in. He found his own name amusing and unusual - which it was, there were very few recorded Babbages at this time. The first... Continue Reading →
Babbage: Much more than the computer
‘Charles Babbage from the Beginning’ is a book in three parts. Firstly it traces his Devon ancestors, where they lived and who they were. Part two is about his own life story and his family life, and part three about what inspired him to develop the computer, his work with Ada and the engineering beginnings... Continue Reading →
What makes a writer?
Dickens’ parents were well off and educated and hailed from middle-class backgrounds, and in the beginning he enjoyed a good standard of living. He too was well educated, well read and enjoyed music and acting. He was an abrupt, excitable, impatient young man driven to succeed. But he would always be distressed by the humiliation... Continue Reading →