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Babbage Analytical Engine

Babbage Analytical Engine

Babbage Analytical Engine
In 1833 Charles Babbage (1791-1871) conceived an ambitious plan for a general purpose calculating machine which in many features of its design is functionally analogous to the modern computer. It was designed to contain a memory or "store," an arithmetic unit or "mill" capable of performing the four operations of arithmetic, an input/output system which used punched cards, and a printer to display the results. The engine would have been steam-driven and programmed by the punched cards. The engine was designed in great detail on paper but it was never completed.