Charles Babbage, an English mathematician, philosopher, inventor and mechanical engineer, even in the 19th century, came up with the idea of creating a steam analysis machine, which is considered the first computer in the world.
already wrote about him and his invention detailed topic ( part 1
, part 2
and part 3
The inventor himself died before he could bring his device to life, however, in the future, his ideas were embodied in a substantially modified form, which gave rise to prerequisites for the creation of a computer.
Recently, programmer and blogger
John Graham-Cumming (John Graham-Cumming), decided to actually recreate this device
according to the original drawings of Barridge. John called it the " Plan 28
" project, in honor of the original working title of the car that Barridge did not complete.
Graham-Cumming hopes to be able to use Babbage’s original drawings to create Charles Babbage’s difference machine. These drawings are now contained in the Babbage collection of records that can be found at the Museum of Science in London.
Plan 28 attracted the attention of 1600 supporters who decided to help raise money for the project.
Graham-Cumming stressed that Babbage was able to imagine this car about a century ago, when there was not even such a word as a computer. “The first thing that comes to your mind when you read Babbage’s work is that it was the first real computer,” the blogger said, adding that the device has “expandable memory, processor, microcode, printer, plotter, and is programmed using punched cards . "
According to computer historian Dr. Doron Sveid, the creation of this machine could provide answers to "deep historical questions," such as the question of the possible existence of an information age in the Victorian era.
In the event that the fundraising campaign for the project is successful, Graham-Cumming hopes to recreate a design known as “Plan 28,” reports The Daily Telegraph. The first step could be the digitization of the Babbage structures and the clarification of its annotations. The second stage involves the creation of a 3D model of the machine.
PS Does it make sense to transfer this to the IT History blog?