Babbage Analytical Engine - CBC interview
eric at brouhaha.com
Sun Oct 17 21:48:54 CDT 2010
> I suspect it comes under *mass production * of parts all the same
> quality. That did not come about until the late 19 th century.
Joseph Clement's work shows that he was able to achieve that in the
early 19th century. It didn't become standard practice until later.
The fact that most people couldn't build a working Difference Engine or
Analytical Engine in the 19th century doesn't prove that it couldn't
have been done by someone, such as Clement. The reasons that Babbage
didn't get a working DE or AE built are financial and political, not
technical. By 1859 Georg Scheutz had built several working DEs based on
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