Charles Babbage

1792 - 1871

A Quote by Charles Babbage on confusion, ideas, kindness, machines, parliament, and questions

On two occasions I have been asked [by members of Parliament], '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.

Charles Babbage (1792 - 1871)

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A Quote by Charles Babbage on execution, god, and wishes

I wish to God these calculations had been executed by steam.

Charles Babbage (1792 - 1871)

Source: H. Eves In Mathematical Circles,, Boston: Prindle, Weber and Schmidt, 1969.

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A Quote by Charles Babbage on errors

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Errors using inadequate data are much less than those using no data at all.

Charles Babbage (1792 - 1871)

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