112th Annual Conference - Riverside Convention Center, California
Friday, October 31 - Sunday, November 2, 2014

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Captain Frederick Marryat and Charles Babbage: Alternative Coders of Victorian Culture

Daniel Wuebben, University of Nebraska at Omaha

This illustrated presentation analyzes the divergent thinking and practical inventions of Captain Frederick Marryat and Charles Babbage, giving special focus to Marryat’s Code of Signals (1817), Babbage’s “Difference Engine” (1823), and “Analytical Engine” (1837). Marryat and Babbage—rebels, tinkerers, restless thinkers—were to the early Victorian period what the mythical programmer-in-the-garage has been to recent revolution in computer electronics.