Bye Bye Babbage

The Babbage Engine has been one of my personal favs at the Computer History Museum in Mt. View, CA since 2008. If you want to see it there, you have thru Jan 31, 2016, after which it moves home to London, England. The following is reproduced from CHM News, a newsletter of the Computer History Museum.


Last Call for Babbage Difference Engine No. 2

After eight years at the Computer History Museum (CHM), the Babbage Difference Engine No. 2 is bidding farewell and returning to its owner.

The Difference Engine No. 2 has had a wonderful home at the Museum. Our Babbage demonstrations have amazed more than 500,000 visitors, providing them with the unprecedented opportunity to see and hear the mechanical engine working—a stunning display of Victorian mechanics.

The engine was commissioned by Nathan Myhrvold, CEO of Intellectual Ventures and former CTO of Microsoft, and will soon be transported to his private collection. On behalf of the CHM community, we’d like to extend a special thank-you to Nathan Myhrvold for his generosity these past eight years.

We want to make sure everyone gets a chance to see the Difference Engine No. 2 in action one more time. Please check our schedule for demonstrations of the Difference Engine No. 2. The final demonstration will be January 31, 2016.

For more on Babbage:

• Visit CHM’s online exhibit
• Watch False Dawn: The Babbage Engine
• Read about “Charles Babbage and His Legacy,” Core, 2008

The Charles Babbage’s Difference Engine No. 2 exhibit is also made possible through the generosity of the following donors: Andreas Bechtolsheim, Bell Family Trust, Donna Dubinsky & Len Shustek, Judy Estrin, Fry’s Electronics—Kathryn Kolder, Dorrit & F. Grant Saviers, and Marva & John Warnock.

Special thanks to Doron Swade and the Science Museum, London, who built the engine, as well as CHM docent Tim Robinson and the Babbage team, who have been brilliant stewards of the device since its arrival at the Museum in 2008.

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