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Babbage Analytical Engine II

Courtesy: IBM Corporation

It was at this point, 1834, that Babbage had an idea for a completely different machine -- one that would operate more rapidly and have far more extensive powers than the Difference Engine. He asked the government whether he should continue with the Difference Engine or proceed with the new machine. It was eight years before the government advised him that regretfully they must abandon the project. They had spent 17,000 pounds with nothing to show, and Babbage had spent a comparable amount of his own.

Unable to wait for the government decision, Babbage started work on the Analytical Engine, as the new engine was later named. He did not expect to build this machine nor did he expect government support. But, he did believe that a machine with its capabilities would become a reality at a later date, perhaps based on his completed drawings. The Analytical Engine was really the GRAND VISION.

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