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" ... in the rooms of the Analytical Society, at Cambridge, my head leaning forward on the Table in a kind of dreamy mood, with a Table of logarithms lying open before me. Another member, coming into the room, and seeing me half asleep, called out, "Well,... "
British Almanac and Companion - Page 4
1866
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Passages from the Life of a Philosopher

Charles Babbage - 1864 - 544 pages
...room, and seeing me half asleep, called out, " Well, Babbage, what are you dreaming about ?" to which I replied, " I am thinking that all these Tables (pointing...the logarithms) might be calculated by machinery." I am indebted to my friend, the Rev. Dr. Robinson, the Master of the Temple, for this anecdote. The...
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The British Quarterly Review, Volume 41

Henry Allon - 1865 - 576 pages
...and seeing me half asleep, called out, " Well, Babbage, what are you (breaming about? " To which I replied, " I am thinking that all these tables (pointing...logarithms) might be calculated by machinery." The event must have happened either in 1812 or 1813. 'About 1819 I was occupied with devising means for...
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Convention

1915
...the room, and seeing me half asleep, called, 'Well, Babbage, what are you dreaming about?' to which I replied, 'I am thinking that all these tables (pointing...the logarithms) might be calculated by machinery.' " Of the numerous interesting and instructive passages recounted by the inventor and philosopher, appropriate...
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Charles Babbage: Pioneer of the Computer

Anthony Hyman - 1985 - 348 pages
...room, and seeing me half asleep called out "Well, Babbage, what are you dreaming about ?" to which I replied, "I am thinking that all these tables (pointing to the logarithms) might be calculated by machinery."'5 There is no real contradiction between these stories as an idea may occur fleetingly...
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Science and Reform: Selected Works of Charles Babbage

Charles Babbage - 1989 - 386 pages
...room, and seeing me half asleep, called out, 'Well, Babbage, what are you dreaming about?' to which I replied, 'I am thinking that all these Tables (pointing...the logarithms) might be calculated by machinery.' I am indebted to my friend, the Rev. Dr. Robinson, the Master of the Temple, for this anecdote. The...
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Tools for Thought: The History and Future of Mind-Expanding Technology

Howard Rheingold - 2000 - 366 pages
...room, and seeing me half asleep, called out, "Well, Babbage, what are you dreaming about?" To which I replied, "I am thinking that all these Tables (pointing...the logarithms) might be calculated by machinery." In 1822, Babbage triumphantly demonstrated to the Royal Astronomical Society a small working model...
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Matters of the Mind

William E. Lyons - 2001 - 326 pages
...room, and seeing me half asleep, called out, 'Well, Babbage, what are you dreaming about?' to which I replied, 'I am thinking that all these Tables (pointing to the logarithms) might be calculated by machinery.'4 Babbage first produced blueprints for a special-purpose automatic calculating machine,...
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The History of Mathematical Tables: From Sumer to Spreadsheets

Martin Campbell-Kelly, Mary Croarken, Raymond Flood, Eleanor Robson - 2003 - 384 pages
...seeing me half asleep, called out. 'Well Babbage, what are you dreaming about?' to which 1 rephed,'1 am thinking that all these tables (pointing to the logarithms) might be calculated by machinery'. 3 This was writren S0 years after the reported incident and Babbage admits that he did not remember...
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The Mathematical Work of Charles Babbage

J. M. Dubbey, John Michael Dubbey - 2004 - 248 pages
...room, and seeing me half asleep, called out, 'Well, Babbage, what are you dreaming about?' to which I replied 'I am thinking that all these Tables (pointing to the logarithms) might be calculated by machinery.'1 He adds that this incident must have happened in 1812 or 1813. Babbage certainly did not...
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Invisible Engines: How Software Platforms Drive Innovation and Transform ...

David S. Evans, Andrei Hagiu, Richard Schmalensee - 2008 - 408 pages
...room, and seeing me half asleep, called out, "Well, Babbage, what are you dreaming about?" to which I replied "I am thinking that all these tables" (pointing...the logarithms) "might be calculated by machinery." He invented mechanical methods (using a machine called the Difference Engine) for calculating astronomical...
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