The Works of Charles Babbage

The Works of Charles Babbage

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By (author) Charles Babbage, Volume editor Martin Campbell-Kelly

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  • Publisher: Pickering & Chatto (Publishers) Ltd
  • Format: Hardback | 2700 pages
  • Dimensions: 156mm x 234mm
  • Publication date: 1 March 1989
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1851960058
  • ISBN 13: 9781851960057
  • Illustrations note: 15 plates, diagrams, graphs, line drawings, portrait, bibliography, in

Product description

The Works of Charles Babbage is the first and only collected edition of all the known works of this major thinker. Texts have been edited by an expert to reflect the development of the many facets of Babbage's work. For easy reference, volumes are arranged by genre, so that Babbage's work on mathematics, table-making and calculating engines, science, technology, inventions and his writing on economics and statistics, theology and politics, is grouped together, in chronological order within each volume where appropriate. The edition includes the major works, papers and articles and writings privately printed or published only as pamphlets as well as works directly influenced by Babbage, including Menabrea's incisive account of the Analytical Engine, translated and annotated by the Countess of Lovelace. Contemporary articles, notes and writings vital to Babbage scholarship, by scholars such as JFW Herschel, D Lardner and BH Babbage on the calculating engine, are also included.

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Editorial board Martin Campbell-Kelly is Lecturer in Computer Science, University of Warwick and editor-in-chief of the Charles Babbage Institute series for the history of computing I Bernard Cohen, Emeritus Professor of the History of Science, Harvard University Maxine Berg, Lecturer in Economic History, University of Warwick Allan Bromley, Senior Lecturer in Computer Science, University of Sydney and sometime Kensington Science Museum Research Fellow J M Dubbey, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Malawi

Review quote

'a must for any self-respecting library aiming to serve the ineterests of science and technology.' New Scientist 'A must for every university library.' The Guardian 'a fine achievement' Times Literary Supplement

Table of contents

Volume 1: Introduction, mathematical papers, 18 papers. Volumes 2 and 3: Calculating machines and table making, introduction and 26 papers; appendix - 15 plates from "Babbage's Calculating Engines" (1889). Volumes 4 and 5: Scientific and miscellaneous papers; 33 papers. Volume 6: "A Comparative View of the Various Institutions for the Assurance of Lives" (1826). Volume 7: "Reflections on the Decline of Science" (1830). Volume 8: "On the Economy of Machinery and Manufacturers", fourth edition (1835). Volume 9: "The Ninth Bridgewater Treatise", second edition (1838). Volume 10: The Exposition of 1851, second edition (1851); appendix - Weld's "History of the Royal Society", chapter 11 with de Morgan's review. Volume 11: "Passages from the Life of a Philosopher" (1864); bibliography of works cited in the text.