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The Analytical Engine

This section contains notes about a mechanical computer that Charles Babbage intended to be able to calculate any analytical function. The most detailled single description is found in the publication by L.F. Menabrea, published in 1842, and translated by Lady Ada Augusta Lovelace from the French original, significantly extended by appendices Note A to Note G. A facsimile scan is available at; here is a version without background: menabrea_lovelace1843_analyticalengine.pdf. All refereces to the text should use the page numbers of the original text.

Information on the only surviving piece of hardware is found in the section on the Trial model from 1871.

The rest of this section is just a collection of notes:

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