Difference Engines: Babbage and Beyond
Ever since reading the 1990 Steampunk classic The Difference Engine by William Gibson and Bruce Sterling I have been intrigued by mechanical computing and its historical, social, and literary impacts on real and imagined societies. This program shares that interest with others by exploring a brief history of computing before the age of silicon and giving participants guided hands-on time exploring and using rare analog computing machines and artifacts from the 15th-20th centuries.
See my image carousel in the next section for a visual tour of the devices available in this program. If you are interested in a comprehensive look into computing ranging from Analog to Artificial Intelligence, consider my program Art & History of Computing.
Interested in learning about the bone, bronze, and iron ages of computing?
Intrigue yourself with the Difference Engines: Mechanical Brains, Analog Computers Presentation
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Please Note: Presentation and materials are for showcase purposes only and not meant to be used without explicit permission.
Computing Artifacts Collection
See my hands-on collection of computing artifacts ranging from the 15th - 20th centuries. Click on any photo to learn more about a device. Use the arrows at the left and right to move to different photos or simply allow the photos to scroll automatically.
LOGISTICS, FEE & Delivery Requirements
Duration: 2.0 hour interactive program | Age Range: 8-Adult | Participants: 4-30 | Cost: Starting at $249 for 2 hours | Requirements: Video Projector with HDMI port and speakers ; 1 large table for presenter's items ; 10 medium tables with chairs for hands-on stations ; 0.75 hour setup and breakdown times ; additional travel charges may apply. Contact for details.
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