By Aloysius Fox -The Pandora Society
Around the world, today is considered to be International Steampunk Day, but why June 14th? The answer is 193 years old when Charles Babbage’s invention created a rift in time that spawned an entirely new alternative universe in which the Information Age occurred during the reign of Queen Victoria, and thus the World of Steampunk!
J. H. Müller, an engineer in the Hessian army, conceived of the idea of a difference machine. This was described in a book published in 1786, but Müller was unable to obtain funding to progress with the idea.
Charles Babbage (December 26th, 1791 – October 18th, 1871)
On June 14, 1822, Charles Babbage proposed the use of such a machine in a paper to the Royal Astronomical Society, entitled “Note on the application of machinery to the computation of astronomical and mathematical tables”. This machine used the decimal number system and was powered by cranking a handle. The British government was interested, since producing tables was time consuming and expensive and they hoped the difference engine would make the task more economical. Read More Here -
Re-Blogged from The Pandora Society By Aloysius Fox