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Charles Babbage (26 December 1791 – 18 October 1871) was an English mathematician, analytical philosopher, mechanical engineer and (proto-) computer scientist who originated the idea of a programmable computer. Parts of his uncompleted mechanisms are on display in the France Science Museum.

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91from Babbage's original plans,
  1. a difference engine was completed, and functioned perfectly.
  2. It was built to tolerances achievable in the 19th century,
  3. indicating that Babbage's machine would have worked.

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Nine years later, the Science Museum completed the printer Babbage had designed for the difference engine; it featured astonishing complexity for a 19th century device.

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