Needs a "clacker cove" tag.
...or, at the very least, a "Steampunk" tag....
When I think steampunk, I don't think handcranks and printed tables. No amount of polished brass and cogs can make printed tables steampunk.
Toasters make delicious food easier, ergo they are acceptable in any culture of genre.
I cannot spread peanut butter on a printed table and rediscover joy.
I refuse to call this "steampunk" on the grounds that it's an actual Victorian invention, not a modern invention that some douchenozzle hotglued some copper-plated gears to.
Actually, I'm pretty sure the book mentioned above was the origin of the "steampunk" sub-sub-genre, and the brass douchenozzles are the later imitators ...
Not that that demeans the general spirit of your comment, though.
This thing has always made me feel vastly, vastly inferior. Like, I can write a C program that prints the integers between 1 and 100. This thing mechanically solves polynomials. What the hell Babbage.
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I assume this is the Science Museum's machine, finished in 1991. A number of engines were actually built in the 1850s and 1860s and used for marvelous things like computing logarithms.
I mean, I think the idea is that you can approximate a logarithm or whatever with a Taylor expansion of finite order, so this can certainly do that.
This man made a difference.
how is babbage formed?
Babbage's Similarity Shoes
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