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
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
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)