Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Difference Engine

Charles Babbage invented the Difference Engine in 1822...he worked on perfecting it for the next 2 decades. The machine itself was a large mechanical calculator designed to tabulate polynomial numbers. 

Steampunk is a 'what if' scenario. What if the difference engine had been fully developed, mingling these massive machines with the Victorian Age. It all sounds very very cool.


2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Have you read 'The Difference Engine' by William Gibson and Bruce Sterling?

Stephen Chenault said...

I have not! Is it worth the read? Steampunk has a particular fascination with me as I studied World War I in grad school.