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Exhibit Launch & Open House: Charles Babbage's Difference Engine No. 2
 



DATE & TIME
Saturday, May 10, 2008

12 noon - 5:00 p.m.

Activities:
- Engine demonstrations throughout the afternoon
- 1:00 & 3:30pm Ada Lovelace Film, “To Dream Tomorrow” (53min) | Introductions by Dr. Doron Swade
- 2:30 p.m. Babbage Lecture by Dr. Doron Swade, Director of the Babbage Project
- Popcorn and snowcones available all afternoon



LOCATION
1401 N. Shoreline Boulevard
Mountain View, CA 94043
Directions





Call (650) 810-1898 for information.


ABSTRACT OF TALK
Join the Computer History Museum in launching its exciting new exhibit: Babbage’s Difference Engine No. 2, exhibited for the first time in North America. Bring your family and friends to see and hear the Engine in action!

This five-ton Engine is one of only two Charles Babbage’s computing engines ever built, consisting of 8,000 parts of bronze, cast iron and steel and measuring 11 feet long and 7 feet high. It was designed to calculate and print mathematical tables. Come to see the docents “crank” the Engine and watch it mechanically calculate - an arresting spectacle of automatic computing.

The exhibit launch and open house, a Victorian-themed event, promises a stunning display of Babbage’s elegant design and inspired engineering. His designs for vast mechanical calculating engines rank as one of the startling achievements of the 19th century.

The Babbage Exhibit is made possible through the generosity of the following donors: Nathan Myhrvold, Andreas Bechtolsheim, Bell Family Trust, Donna Dubinsky & Len Shustek, Judy Estrin, Fry’s Electronics - Kathryn Kolder, Dorrit & F. Grant Saviers, Marva & John Warnock, and special thanks to Science Museum, London.

Come to see what no Victorian ever saw.

To sign up for your coupon for free popcorn, please click here.

To attend the Member's Only Breakfast, please click here. Last day to sign up is May 8.

To sign up for Doron Swade's Babbage Lecture, please click here.

MEMBERSHIP
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