Building a steam-powered Babbage computer

I’ve been fascinated with the Analytical and Difference Engines since I read about them as a teenager. Just imagine what the Victorian era would have been like if they had had computers!

Now, the Science Museum is helping a group of scientists and researchers actually build one of Babbage’s Analytical Engines, and run it on steam – just as it would have been originally. One of the people involved, John Graham, said:

What a marvel it would be to stand before this giant metal machine, powered by a steam engine, and running programs fed to it on a reel of punched cards. And what a great educational resource so that people can understand how computers work

Boffins step closer to steam-powered Babbage computer • The Register