Charles Babbage's Analytical Engine, 1838

  title={Charles Babbage's Analytical Engine, 1838},
  author={Allan G. Bromley},
  journal={Annals of the History of Computing},
  • A. G. Bromley
  • Published 1 July 1982
  • Computer Science
  • Annals of the History of Computing
Charles Babbage commenced work on the design of the Analytical Engine in 1834 following the collapse of the project to build the Difference Engine. His ideas evolved rapidly, and by 1838 most of the important concepts used in his later designs were established. This paper introduces the design of the Analytical Engine as it stood in early 1838, concentrating on the overall functional organization of the mill (or central processing portion) and the methods generally used for the basic arithmetic… 

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