[vcf-midatlantic] slight diversion, was "Looking for some knowledgeable with the Harvard Mark I"
Brian L. Stuart
blstuart at bellsouth.net
Sun Oct 11 15:04:49 EDT 2020
On Sunday, October 11, 2020, 1:50:25 PM EDT, Jim Scheef via vcf-midatlantic <vcf-midatlantic at lists.vcfed.org> wrote:
> Are you sure that Aiken was aware of Babbage? Babbage is still > not well known
> even today.
The most telling information is that the first chapter
of the manual of operation is titled "Historical
Introduction" and discusses Babbage. The chapter
is introduced by a quote from Babbage that begins:
"If, unwarned by my example, any man shall undertake
and shall succeed in really constructing an engine..."
In the back of my mind, I seem to remember some
references where Aiken mentioned being inspired
by Babbage. However, I'd have to do some digging
to actually find such a reference.
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Brian L. Stuart via vcf-midatlantic
Sent: Sunday, October 11, 2020 11:41 AM
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Cc: Brian L. Stuart <blstuart at bellsouth.net>; Jeffrey Jonas
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Subject: Re: [vcf-midatlantic] slight diversion, was "Looking for some
knowledgeable with the Harvard Mark I"
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