brings us to the work of Charles Babbage.
Babbage was a remarkable man who had the misfortune to
invent the electronic computer in an age of mechanical
gears. He spent his life, fortune, and humor in trying
to overcome this obstacle.
It took 100 years for the full significance of his work
appreciated. By the time Babbage entered Trinity Collage
at Cambridge, he was a passionate mathematician. He and
his friends formed the Analytical Society. One function
of the Society was to encourage English mathematicians
to replace the Newtonian mathematical notation with that
of Leibniz used on the continent.