Towse: views from the hill

January 13, 2007

Apocryphal Babbage quotation?

Filed under: quotation — Towse @ 8:20 pm

Even if so, I like this:

On two occasions, I have been asked [by members of Parliament], ‘Pray, Mr. Babbage, if you put into the machine wrong figures, will the right answers come out?’ I am not able to rightly apprehend the kind of confusion of ideas that could provoke such a question.

– Charles Babbage (1791-1871)

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