Article ID: CBB001321055

Babbage's Two Lives (2014)


Babbage wrote two relatively detailed, yet significantly incongruous, autobiographical accounts of his pre-Cambridge and Cambridge days. He published one in 1864 and in it advertised the existence of the other, which he carefully retained in manuscript form. The aim of this paper is to chart in some detail for the first time the discrepancies between the two accounts, to compare and assess their relative credibility, and to explain their author's possible reasons for knowingly fabricating the less credible of the two. [PUBLICATION ABSTRACT]

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Authors & Contributors
Bont, Raf de
Karl-Heinz Lotze
Guilherme Kasmanas Godinho
Silvia Simionato
Hogarth, S J
Harley, Alexis
History of Science
History of the Human Sciences
Historical Studies in the Physical and Biological Sciences
Historia Mathematica
Circumscribere: International Journal for the History of Science
Annalen der Physik
London Metropolitan University (United Kingdom
Whipple Museum of the History of Science
State University of New York Press
Pickering & Chatto
Correspondence and corresponding
Science and society
Scientific communities; interprofessional relations
Babbage, Charles
Tyndall, John
Stewart, Dugald
Russell, Bertrand Arthur William
Pasteur, Louis
Oken, Lorenz
Time Periods
19th century
18th century
20th century, early
Great Britain
Cambridge (England)
Liverpool (England)
Whipple Museum of the History of Science (Cambridge, Eng.)
Cambridge University

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