Bringing back Babbage

19th century inventor Charles Babbage never lived to finish his analytical engine, a punchcard computer that was decades ahead of its time, but now Babbage aficionados are finally building this device. Jennifer Oullette of Cocktail Party Physics has the details. » 10/16/10 11:45am 10/16/10 11:45am

Babbage and Lovelace Fight Crime with the Power of Math

If Charles Babbage and Ada Lovelace had managed to complete the Analytical Engine and usher in an age of Victorian computing, what would they do next? According to one comic, the obvious answer is: team up and fight crime. » 7/20/09 11:00am 7/20/09 11:00am