On Babbage—inventor, mathematician and engineer

Host Kenneth Cukier investigates Charles Babbage’s legacy and the future of computing

10/20/2021 1:00:00 AM

British polymath Charles Babbage is often called the “father of computing”. On our “Babbage” podcast, we ask whether our show’s namesake may have been given more credit than he deserved

Host Kenneth Cukier investigates Charles Babbage’s legacy and the future of computing

ON THE 150th anniversary of the death of Charles Babbage, we retrace the footsteps of the brilliant but irascible British inventor, mathematician and engineer. Host Kenneth Cukier investigates why Babbage is hailed by some as the grandfather of the computer, while others argue his contribution is overblown. And could letting go of parts of his legacy help unleash the future of computing? Runtime: 30 min

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