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?

See what our Partners have to say about this program and others in our Testimonials.

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  |  Ages: 8/9-Adult/Senior  |  Participants: 4-30  |  Cost: Starting at $299 for 2 hours ($30 additional 1 hour)  
|  Requirements: Video Projector with HDMI port and speakers ; 1 large table for presenter's items ; 10 medium tables with chairs for hands-on stations ; 1.0 hour setup and breakdown times ; additional travel charges may apply. Contact for details.

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“More than just hands-on, it was hands-full. And brain-full, too. Great!”
— Jenny S.
“I really enjoyed seeing how computers have evolved and getting to use the old calculators.”
— Lavender W.


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