Science And Reform: Selected Works Of Charles Babbage by Charles BabbageScience And Reform: Selected Works Of Charles Babbage by Charles Babbage

Science And Reform: Selected Works Of Charles Babbage

byCharles BabbageEditorAnthony Hyman

Paperback | March 5, 2007

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Charles Babbage, considered the founding father of the computer, was a key figure during a great era of British history. Best remembered for his pioneering work on analytical and difference engines, the forerunners of the modern computer, Babbage was also an active campaigner for reform in both science and society. Babbage's wide-ranging interests ran from economic theory and statistics, to lighthouse signalling and postal services. His book, Reflections on the Decline of Science in England and Some of its Causes (1830) reflected his attempts to reorganize and control the conduct of scientific activity at a national level. In addition, he published widely on theoretical and practical science and social reform. In this book, Anthony Hyman, the acknowledged expert on Babbage's life and work, has selected passages from these many publications--reflecting his innovative scientific work and his thoughts on such subjects as taxation, abolition of life peerage and the assurance of lives--subjects which anticipated the preoccupations of present day society.
Title:Science And Reform: Selected Works Of Charles BabbageFormat:PaperbackDimensions:368 pages, 9.72 × 6.85 × 0.75 inPublished:March 5, 2007Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0521036763

ISBN - 13:9780521036764


Table of Contents

Acknowledgements; Introduction; 1. Family background and education; 2. Early mathematical work; 3. The first difference engine; 4. Life assurance; 5. Reform of science; 6. Economic theory; 7. Life peerage; 8. Babbage's philosophy; 9. Taxation; 10. The analytical engines; 11. Lighthouse signalling; Postscript; Works represented; Index; Plate section.