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on: December 28, 2016 at 10:46PM
JF Ptak Science Books Post 2657
I was browsing though a volume of Annals of Philosophy1 (1822) for my business, looking for interesting and significant contributions. Making my way nearly to the end I was not able to come away with anything of particular importance, though there were enough bits in it to make it an interesting purchase for someone, and to probably get a nice blog post out of it. (My main “hook” in the volume’s story for the blog was a happenstance opening of the volume to a page exhibiting two short articles “Definition of a Straight Line” followed a paragraph late by “Black Urine”.) Nearly at the end of the book, though, I came upon a very unexpected “find”: “A Letter to Sir Humphrey Davy, Bart., President of the Royal Society, &c &C, on the Application of Machinery to the Purpose of Calculating and Printing Mathematical Tables…London, 1822” by Charles Babbage (appearing on pp 383-388). This appeared as a book review in the “Analysis of Books” section of the Annals with the running header of “Mr. Babbage’s Letter to Sir H. Davy”, and published in November 18222.
Seen on the beach in Santa Cruz, CA.
Submitted December 27, 2016 at 08:25PM by Kronos43
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This was outside my college classroom.
Submitted December 27, 2016 at 09:26PM by mikey4502
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Princesse Street, Paris
Submitted December 27, 2016 at 04:32PM by 50sams
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The Silver Swan, an automaton made with unbelievable skill and ingenuity in 1773
Submitted December 27, 2016 at 10:55AM by 9999monkeys
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