December 26, 1791, in Great Britain, Charles Babbage, English mathematician and computer scientist, was born.

On this day (December 26), 1791, in the county of Devonshire, in the town of Teignmouth, Great Britain, Charles Babbage, English mathematician and computer scientist, was born.
For a short time, he attended King Edward VI Primary School in Totnes, South Devon, but his health forced him to return to private tutors for a time.
Babbage later joined Holmwood Academy of 30 students, Baker Street, Enfield , Middlesex , under Reverend Stephen Freeman. The academy had a library which fueled Babbage's love of mathematics.
In 1812, Babbage moved to Peterhouse, Cambridge . he was the best mathematician there, but he didn't graduate with honors. Instead, he received a degree without examination in 1814.
Babbage was instrumental in founding the Royal Astronomical Society in 1820, initially known as Astronomical Society of London. His original goals were to reduce astronomical calculations to a more standard form and to circulate the data.
Babbage's machines were among the first mechanical computers. Their failure to complete was largely due to funding issues and personality clashes, most notably with George Biddell Airy, the Astronomer Royal.
Babbage directed the construction of some steam engines with modest success, suggesting that calculations could be mechanized. For over ten years he received government funding for his project, amounting to £17,000, but eventually the Treasury lost confidence in him.
Although Babbage's machines were mechanical and unwieldy, their basic architecture was similar to a modern computer. Data and program memory were separate, operation was instruction-based, the control unit could perform conditional jumps, and the machine had a separate I/O unit.
As a curiosity to note that the Science Museum has built two Differential Engines according to Babbage's plans for the Engine Differential No 2. One is owned by the museum. The other, owned by tech billionaire Nathan Myhrvold, was displayed at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California on May 10, 2008. The two models that have been built are not replicas.
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- Dad, can you help me?
- what is 347 p times 43?
- don't you know?
- wait
- are you going to calculate it?
- best
- better?
- one moment
- dad
- wait , wait
- dad
- done!
- have you calculated it yet?
- no, I have thought of building an automata that will do calculations quickly
- but it's homework for tomorrow
- son, good things take time
- but..
- and tomorrow you will have a bad grade
- but...
- all for science
- but...

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