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Passages from the Life of a Philosopher

Passages from the Life of a Philosopher

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  • Date Published: October 2011
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108037884

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  • The mathematician and engineer Charles Babbage (1791–1871) is best remembered for his 'calculating machines', which are considered the forerunner of modern computers. Over the course of his life he wrote a number of books based on his scientific investigations, but in this volume, published in 1864, Babbage writes in a more personal vein. He points out at the beginning of the work that it 'does not aspire to the name of autobiography', though the chapters sketch out the contours of his life, beginning with his family, his childhood and formative years studying at Cambridge, and moving through various episodes in his scientific career. However, the work also diverges into his observations on other topics, as indicated by chapter titles such as 'Street Nuisances' and 'Wit'. Babbage's colourful recollections give an intimate portrait of the life of one of Britain's most influential inventors.

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    • Date Published: October 2011
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108037884
    • length: 516 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 x 29 mm
    • weight: 0.65kg
    • contains: 1 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. My ancestors
    2. Childhood
    3. Boyhood
    4. Cambridge
    5. Difference engine no. 1
    6. Statement relative to the difference engine, drawn up by the late Sir H. Nicolas from the author's papers
    7. Difference engine no. 2
    8. Of the analytical engine
    9. Of the mechanical notation
    10. The exhibition of 1862
    11. The late Prince Consort
    12. Recollections of the Duke of Wellington
    13. Recollections of Wollaston, Davy, and Rogers
    14. Recollections of Laplace, Biot, and Humboldt
    15. Experience by water
    16. Experience by fire
    17. Experience amongst workmen
    18. Picking locks and deciphering
    19. Experience in St. Giles's
    20. Theatrical experience
    21. Electioneering experience
    22. Scene from a new after-piece
    23. Experience at courts
    24. Experience at courts
    25. Railways
    26. Street nuisances
    27. Wit
    28. Hints for travellers
    29. Miracles
    30. Religion
    31. A vision
    32. Various reminiscences
    33. The author's contributions to human knowledge
    34. The author's further contributions to human knowledge
    35. Results of science
    36. Agreeable recollections
    List of Mr. Babbage's printed papers.

  • Author

    Charles Babbage

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