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Jacquard’s Web

January 23rd, 2009 by bgt, No Comments

Book Review by John Weller James Essinger Oxford University Press ISBN 0192805770 Arguably the first programmable machine was a loom built by the son of a French silk worker in Lyons. Lyons was the capital of the silk industry in France and produced much fine fabric; amongst their products were fine tapestries showing detailed pictures […]

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Work in Progress by John Weller

January 22nd, 2009 by bgt, No Comments

Almost everyone who has been involved with computers will have heard of Charles Babbage, ‘the father of computing’, and his Difference Engine but how many of us know what the Difference Engine was and why it was so important? I hope to give a brief answer to these questions in this article. The Difference Engine […]

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