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CHARLES BABBAGE

 
"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 - Found in a Linux fortunes file.
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"Propose to an Englishman any principle, or any instrument, however admirable, and you will observe that the whole effort of the English mind is directed to find a difficulty, a defect, or an impossibility in it. If you speak to him of a machine for peeling a potato, he will pronounce it impossible: if you peel a potato with it before his eyes, he will declare it useless, because it will not slice a pineapple. "
- Charles Babbage - From wikiquote.org.
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"The whole of arithmetic now appeared within the grasp of mechanism. "
- Charles Babbage - regarding his mechanical computers. From wikiquote.org.
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"On two occasions I have been asked, '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 - First mention of “GIGO” Passages from the Life of a Philosopher, 1862
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