# Mathematician:Charles Babbage

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## Mathematician

English mathematician, philosopher, inventor and mechanical engineer.

Originated, together with Ada Lovelace, the concept of a programmable computer.

Founder of both the Royal Statistical Society and the Royal Astronomical Society.

## Nationality

English

## History

- Born: 26 December 1791 in London, England
- Died: 18 October 1871 in London, England

### Historical Note

The precise date of birth of Charles Babbage was at one point uncertain.

Many sources report it as $26$ December $1792$.

However, it has been established that in fact it was $26$ December $1791$.

## Theorems and Definitions

Results named for **Charles Babbage** can be found here.

Definitions of concepts named for **Charles Babbage** can be found here.

## Publications

- 1819:
*Demonstration of a theorem relating to prime numbers*(*The Edinburgh Philosophical Journal***Vol. 1**: pp. 46 – 49)

- 1826:
*A Comparative View of the Various Institutions for the Assurance of Lives* - 1830:
*Reflections on the Decline of Science in England, and on Some of Its Causes* - 1835:
*On the Economy of Machinery and Manufactures*(4th ed.) - 1837:
*The Ninth Bridgewater Treatise, a Fragment* - 1841:
*Table of the Logarithms of the Natural Numbers from $1$ to $108000$* - 1851:
*The Exposition of 1851* - 1864:
*Passages from the Life of a Philosopher*

## Notable Quotes

*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.*

## Sources

- John J. O'Connor and Edmund F. Robertson: "Charles Babbage": MacTutor History of Mathematics archive

- 1986: David Wells:
*Curious and Interesting Numbers*... (previous) ... (next): A List of Mathematicians in Chronological Sequence - 1989: Ephraim J. Borowski and Jonathan M. Borwein:
*Dictionary of Mathematics*... (previous) ... (next):**Babbage's engine** - 1997: David Wells:
*Curious and Interesting Numbers*(2nd ed.) ... (previous) ... (next): A List of Mathematicians in Chronological Sequence - 1998: David Nelson:
*The Penguin Dictionary of Mathematics*(2nd ed.) ... (previous) ... (next):**Babbage, Charles**(1792-1871) - 2008: David Nelson:
*The Penguin Dictionary of Mathematics*(4th ed.) ... (previous) ... (next):**Babbage, Charles**(1792-1871) - 2014: Christopher Clapham and James Nicholson:
*The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Mathematics*(5th ed.) ... (previous) ... (next):**Babbage, Charles**(1792-1871) - 2021: Richard Earl and James Nicholson:
*The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Mathematics*(6th ed.) ... (previous) ... (next):**Babbage, Charles**(1792-1871)