Detail of the Scheutz Difference Engine No 3, 1859.

Exton, David

 
Detail of the Scheutz Difference Engine No 3, 1859.
4 0 c m
 
33cm
actual image size: 25cm x 32cm

Description

This engine was a means of eliminating errors of calculation, transcription and printing, by producing multiple copies when printing log tables. Father and son, George and Edvard Scheutz, built a Difference Engine, based on the ideas of British computing pioneer Charles Babbage, with the numbers impresed into papier mache or metal strips. These were then used as moulds from which multiple copies of the results could be printed. The engine was bought in 1859, and in 1864 was used by the General Register Office to produce the 'English Life Table', life asurance tables.

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