Saturday Magazine, No. 552 -- February 6, 1841.
Condition: Very good overall, uncut sheets comprising pp. 51-55, toned paper, slight folds along margins.
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Item DescriptionPages 52 through 53 and half (one-column) of page 54, constitutes, Calculating Machines -- III - Babbage's Calculating Engine with two sample tables (diagrams) and one diagram of numbered dials. In the present paper we shall finsish our notice of calculating machines, by referring to Mr. Babbage's engine, and in doing so we shall consider, first, the necessity for such a machine -- secondly, the mathematical principle on which it is constructed -- and thirdly, the sort of mechanism by which it performs its office...
We have spoken of the machine as if it were completed, or, at least, as it is intended to be completed.But, in fact, it is not yet in operation, nor even near completion. More than twenty years have elapsed since the first commencement of the model, during the whole of which time new difficulties have occurred, and have been conquered one by one... (from the text of the article).