on all that had gone before, this fundamental concept
led to today's electronic, stored program digital computer.
To wind up, I would like to return to the words of Charles
said, "One half century may probably elapse before
anyone without those aids which I leave behind me will
attempt so unpromising a task. If, unwarned by my example,
any man shall undertake and shall succeed in really
constructing an engine embodying in itself the whole
of the executive department of mathematical analysis
upon different principles, or by simpler mathematical
means, I have no fear of leaving my reputation in his
charge, for he alone will be fully able to appreciate
the nature of my efforts and the value of their results."
took more than half a century, but today there is a
new industry that pays homage to Charles Babbage.