There are slides devoted to this topic: Lecture 0, pp. 7-16, Lecture 3, pp. 2-9.


Visit the Computer History Museum’s online exhibit on The Babbage Engine. The site includes a historical overview of Babbage and his work, more detailed looks into the machines and their functions, the biographies of major contributors to – and beneficiaries from – the engines, and the Difference Engine’s recent construction in 1985. You can also access the REVOLUTION exhibit’s page on Babbage and his accomplishments.

Read a detailed biography of Charles Babbage from the History of Computers website.

This biography of Charles Babbage, hosted on Virginia Tech’s Computer History site, is achronological, and explores Babbage as he appeared to those of his own time: as an inventor, a politician, a misanthrope, and as a philosopher, among other things.

If you would like to go find out more information on Charles Babbage, check out this reference page.

Journal Articles

IEEE: “The Inconsistent Youth of Charles Babbage,” David A Grier. This article is a careful biography of Babbage’s years at Cambridge, ending with his wedding, after a secret two-year engagement, a few weeks after he graduated.


The Mathematical Work of Charles Babbage, by J M Dubbey

The History of Computers, by Les Freed, pgs. 10-11

Computer: A History of the Information Machine, by Martin Campbell-Kelly and William Aspray, pgs. 4-14

The Universal History of Computing, Georges Ifrah, pgs. 189-201

Passages from the Life of a Philosopher, by Charles Babbage