Talk:Charles Babbage

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Full quote[edit]

The "sourced" quote isn't really as interesting as listed. The full quote (from memory) is closer to;
"Dear Mr Tennyson, in your poem "Vision of Sin" you state; 'for every moment that dies a man, another man is born' this is not accurate. If it were the case the population of the world would be at a standstill. The correct value is approximately 1:1.06178, but I believe 1 and 1/16th will be sufficiently accurate for use in poetry"

An interesting insight into a brilliant (yet poetically stunted) mind, I thought.
--BlueNovember 23:10, 15 November 2008 (UTC)

Richard H. Babbage & the pineapple quote[edit]

I'm trying to dig up more information on the source for the "pineapple" quote, listed here and elsewhere as coming from "The Work of Charles Babbage" by Richard H. Babbage. I found this paragraph, that provides some more context, but I'm still looking for more... JesseW (talk) 23:45, 9 February 2013 (UTC)

The intellectual bond between Babbage and Aiken was publicly emphasized by the presence of Richard H. Babbage at Harvard's 1947 Symposium on Large-Scale Digital Calculating Machinery. Babbage, a journalist from Canada, was a great-grandson of Charles Babbage. Attending the symposium on Aiken's express invitation, he contributed the opening technical paper, "The Work of Charles Babbage"; it consisted largely of selections from the published writings of his distinguished grandfather.
  • I. Bernard Cohen Howard Aiken: Portrait of a Computer Pioneer, MIT Press, 2000 ISBN 9780262531795 p. 65

Found another, which cites the paragraph above:

Richard Babbage (1883-1971?) was born in Ireland, but made his career as a journalist in Canada, working for the Montreal Star and associated papers from 1922-1949. His interest in his famous ancestor led him to take part in the memorable Harvard 1947 Symposium on Large-Scale Digital Calculating Machinery (Cohen 2000, 65). Babbage became a good friend of Chant’s, and gave him other scarce Babbage materials. There is a Richard H. Babbage fonds (MG55/29-No122) at the National Archives of Canada.
  • R.A. Rosenfeld, M. Tchelebon, J. Taylor Herschel, Babbage, and Isaac Newton’s Chair, The Journal of The Royal Astronomical Society of Canada; June 2009 p. 110

With this, I'll see if I can dig up more about his family connection to Charles. JesseW (talk) 00:03, 10 February 2013 (UTC)

Found an address: "R. H. Babbage, editor, 241 St. James St. West, Montreal, Canada" in an announcement of the symposium: http://dx.doi.org/10.1090/S0025-5718-47-99592-6 . JesseW (talk) 00:20, 10 February 2013 (UTC)

The quote is in the referenced Proceedings, as listed in this Hathi Trust entry, which unfortunately provides no previews, or even snippets. JesseW (talk) 03:19, 10 February 2013 (UTC)