21 March 2014
Charles Babbage - The Father of the Computer
Today’s technology connects humanity with one another, no matter what the distance may be. Without one man in particular, many of today’s advances in technology may not exist. Thanks to the designs and inventions made by Charles Babbage, we are able to share knowledge and create and maintain bonds with people all over the world. Charles Babbage overcame technological inadequacies in his time by designing new creations despite a lack of funds to build them, inventing items that helped medical and other scientific advancements, and inspired many other scientists and inventors.
Charles Babbage designed many inventions, including “a cow-catcher for the front end of railway locomotives, failsafe quick release couplings for railway carriages, multi-coloured theatre lighting, an altimeter, a seismic detector, a tugboat for winching vessels ...view middle of the document...
The ophthalmoscope is used to examine one’s retina during eye exams. Without this invention, doctors may not have been able to detect many visual disorders before they occurred. Mr. Babbage also “proposed 'black box' recorders for monitoring the conditions preceding railway catastrophes” (Computer History). This black box “measured the speed of the train and its degree of vibration” (History of Computers). This invention was the model for the black box on today’s planes.
Charles Babbage has inspired other scientists and inventors. For example, many years after Mr. Babbage lost government funding for his inventions, a Swedish printer by the name of George Scheutz used Mr. Babbage’s designs for the Difference Engine to build a working model. The machine was able to print “mathematical, astronomical, and actuarial tables with unprecedented accuracy,” and it was even used by the British and American governments for many years (CBI). Over time, other scientists and inventors used Mr. Babbage’s designs to construct the first functioning computer. This led the way to having the high level of technology available to us today.
In conclusion, Charles Babbage was a brilliant inventor, and greatly shaped today’s society. He overcame the technological inadequacies of his time by designing
and inventing many things, even without have the necessary technology and/or funds to build them. He made many breakthroughs in technology for medical and other scientific advancements. And finally, he inspired many other scientists and inventors. Without Mr. Babbage’s inventions, we would not have much of today’s technology that connects the world in many different areas, from simple communication to various kinds of knowledge.
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