Tuesday, March 02, 2010
Charles Babbage's connection to the Luddites
Charles Babbage is well known for his Difference Engine and lesser known for his Analytical Engine. When Luigi Menabrea (future prime minister of Italy and engineer) translated his notes of Babbage's lectures into French, Babbage asked a long-time freind, Ada Lovelace to translate those notes to English. That was in 1842. Ada's father was Lord Byron, the poet and Parlimentarian. In 1815, one of his first speeches to the House of Lords was in defense of the Luddites.