Babbage Analytical Engine - CBC interview

Fred Cisin cisin at
Sun Oct 17 15:21:21 CDT 2010

> I recall reading about Babbage's work many years ago and it was the
> opinion of the author (I don't recall the source, sorry) that AE was
> basically unbuildable using 19th century materials and methods.  The
> reason to the best of my recollection appeared not to be the scale,
> but rather simple mechanical considerations; that is, frictional
> losses, strength of materials, etc.
> Does this view still hold any merit?

It is also "well known" that the capability of building something on the
order of the Antikytheran device did not exist at the time that the
Antikytheran device was built.   "They didn't even have gear teeth shaped
like that until a thousand years later"

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