Temporary suspension of EU shipping, view details here.

Babbage's Difference Engine No 1, 1824-1832.

Babbage's Difference Engine No 1, 1824-1832.
4 0 c m
actual image size: 25cm x 32cm


British computing pioneer Charles Babbage (1791-1871) first conceived the idea of an advanced calculating machine to calculate and print mathematical tables in 1812, as he wanted to eliminate all the sources of inaccuracy asociated with compiling mathematical tables by hand. The engine was begun in 1824 and asembled in 1832 by Joseph Clement, a skilled toolmaker and draughtsman. It was a decimal digital machine - the value of a number represented by the positions of toothed wheels marked with decimal numbers.

Image Details

Image Ref.

© Science Museum / Science & Society Picture Library

buy a print

Select size
Select finish
How many prints?

buy a framed print

buy a canvas

buy a framed canvas