Analytical Engine

There are slides devoted to this topic: Lecture 3, pp. 42-54.


Visit the Fourmilab website on the Analytical Engine to learn more about the Babbage’s never-built invention. The well-researched site includes an introduction to the Engine, relevant historical documents, an analytical engine emulator, biographical material on Babbage, and links to other resources.

If you’d rather read a historical article on the Engine, head over to “The Analytical Engine of Charles Babbage” page on the History of Computers website. The article covers the plans for the engine, the programming that Babbage and Lovelace developed for the machine, and Babbage’s inability to build the Engine.

Journal Article

“Charles Babbage’s Analytical Engine, 1838” is a thorough analysis of Babbage’s notes and drawings of the theoretical Engine. Most of the article is pretty technical –  it seeks to explain how the Engine executed arithmetic functions and, as a means of clarification, references computing industry terms of the day (i.e. 1982).

Read “Charles Babbage’s Analytical Engine, 1838,” by Allan Bromley