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.


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.