Charles Babbage (inventor)

#9955 Charles Babbage

If we look at the fact, we shall find that the great inventions of the age are not, with us at least, always produced in universities. .

Charles Babbage Quotes about age
#9956 Charles Babbage

The whole of arithmetic now appeared within the grasp of mechanism. .

Charles Babbage Quotes about wit
#9957 Charles Babbage

It is therefore not unreasonable to suppose that some portion of the neglect of science in England, may be attributed to the system of education we pursue. A young man passes from our public schools to the universities, ignorant of almost every branch of useful knowledge; and at these latter establishments … classical and mathematical pursuits are nearly the sole objects proposed to the student's ambition. .

Charles Babbage Quotes about education
#9959 Charles Babbage

… brought with him the calculations of the computers, and we commenced the tedious process of verification. After a time many discrepancies occurred, and at one point these discordances were so numerous that I exclaimed, "I wish tothese calculations had been executed by steam," to which Herschel replied, "It is quite possible." .

Charles Babbage Quotes about time
#9960 Charles Babbage

On two occasions I have been asked, — "Pray, Mr. Babbage, if you put into the machine wrong figures, will the right answers come out?" In one case a member of the Upper, and in the other a member of the Lower, House put this question. I am not able rightly to apprehend the kind of confusion of ideas that could provoke such a question. .

Charles Babbage Quotes about age
#9962 Charles Babbage

As soon as an Analytical Engine exists, it will necessarily guide the future course of the science. Whenever any result is sought by its aid, the question will then arise — by what course of calculation can these results be arrived at by the machine in the shortest time? .

Charles Babbage Quotes about science
#9963 Charles Babbage

It is difficult to estimate the misery inflicted upon thousands of persons, and the absolute pecuniary penalty imposed upon multitudes of intellectual workers by the loss of their time, destroyed by organ-grinders and other similar nuisances. .

Charles Babbage Quotes about time
#9964 Charles Babbage

(In response to ’s poem Vision of Sin, which included the line Every moment dies a man, // every moment one is born.) If this were true, the population of the world would be at a stand-still. In truth, the rate of birth is slightly in excess of death. I would suggest that the next edition of your poem should read: “Every moment dies a man, every moment 1 1/16 is born.” Strictly speaking, the actual figure is so long I cannot get it into a line, but I believe the figure 1 1/16 will be sufficiently accurate for poetry. .

Charles Babbage Quotes about truth
#64452 Charles Babbage

Errors using inadequate data are much less than those using no data at all. .

Charles Babbage Quotes about sin
#64453 Charles Babbage

A powerful attraction exists, therefore, to the promotion of a study and of duties of all others engrossing the time most completely, and which is less benefited than most others by any acquaintance with science. .

Charles Babbage Quotes about science
#64454 Charles Babbage

On two occasions I have been asked, 'Pray, Mr. Babbage, if you put into the machine wrong figures, will the right answers come out?' I am not able rightly to apprehend the kind of confusion of ideas that could provoke such a question. .

Charles Babbage Quotes about age
#64455 Charles Babbage

In mathematics we have long since drawn the rein, and given over a hopeless race. .

Charles Babbage Quotes about hope
#64456 Charles Babbage

I am inclined to attach some importance to the new system of manufacturing; and venture to throw it out with the hope of its receiving a full discussion among those who are most interestedin the subject. .

Charles Babbage Quotes about hope
#64457 Charles Babbage

To those who have chosen the profession of medicine, a knowledge of chemistry, and of some branches of natural history, and, indeed, of several other departments of science, affords useful assistance. .

Charles Babbage Quotes about knowledge
#64458 Charles Babbage

Perhaps it would be better for science, that all criticism should be avowed. .

Charles Babbage Quotes about science
#64459 Charles Babbage

The half minute which we daily devote to the winding-up of our watches is an exertion of labour almost insensible; yet, by the aid of a few wheels, its effect is spread over the whole twenty-four hours. .

Charles Babbage Quotes about read
#64460 Charles Babbage

The economy of human time is the next advantage of machinery in manufactures. .

Charles Babbage Quotes about time
#64461 Charles Babbage

Those from whose pocket the salary is drawn, and by whose appointment the officer was made, have always a right to discuss the merits of their officers, and their modes of exercising the duties they are paid to perform. .

Charles Babbage Quotes about men
#64462 Charles Babbage

At each increase of knowledge, as well as on the contrivance of every new tool, human labour becomes abridged. .

Charles Babbage Quotes about knowledge
#64463 Charles Babbage

Whenever the work is itself light, it becomes necessary, in order to economize time, to increase the velocity. .

Charles Babbage Quotes about time
#64464 Charles Babbage

The public character of every public servant is legitimate subject of discussion, and his fitness or unfitness for office may be fairly canvassed by any person. .

Charles Babbage Quotes about character
#64465 Charles Babbage

The possessors of wealth can scarcely be indifferent to processes which, nearly or remotely have been the fertile source of their possessions. .

Charles Babbage Quotes about wealth
#64466 Charles Babbage

A tool is usually more simple than a machine; it is generally used with the hand, whilst a machine is frequently moved by animal or steam power. .

Charles Babbage Quotes about power
#64467 Charles Babbage

That the state of knowledge in any country will exert a directive influence on the general system of instruction adopted in it, is a principle too obvious to require investigation. .

Charles Babbage Quotes about knowledge
#64468 Charles Babbage

Surely, if knowledge is valuable, it can never be good policy in a country far wealthier than Tuscany, to allow a genius like Mr. Dalton's, to be employed in the drudgery of elementary instruction. .

Charles Babbage Quotes about knowledge
#64469 Charles Babbage

It will be readily admitted, that a degree conferred by an university, ought to be a pledge to the public that he who holds it possesses a certain quantity of knowledge. .

Charles Babbage Quotes about knowledge
#64470 Charles Babbage

It is therefore not unreasonable to suppose that some portion of the neglect of science in England, may be attributed to the system of education we pursue. .

Charles Babbage Quotes about education
#64471 Charles Babbage

Some kinds of nails, such as those used for defending the soles of coarse shoes, called hobnails, require a particular form of the head, which is made by the stroke of a die. .

Charles Babbage Quotes about art
#64472 Charles Babbage

There are few circumstances which so strongly distinguish the philosopher, as the calmness with which he can reply to criticisms he may think undeservedly severe. .

Charles Babbage Quotes about criticism
#64473 Charles Babbage

Another mode of accumulating power arises from lifting a weight and then allowing it to fall. .

Charles Babbage Quotes about power
#64474 Charles Babbage

Telegraphs are machines for conveying information over extensive lines with great rapidity. .

Charles Babbage Quotes about wit
#64475 Charles Babbage

The difference between a tool and a machine is not capable of very precise distinction; nor is it necessary, in a popular explanation of those terms, to limit very strictly their acceptation. .

Charles Babbage
#64476 Charles Babbage

The fatigue produced on the muscles of the human frame does not altogether depend on the actual force employed in each effort, but partly on the frequency with which it is exerted. .

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