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Obscura Day: The Difference Engine – A Victorian “Computer” | Berkeley

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Saturday, March 20, 2010 - 1:45 pm to 3:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
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Join us at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View for a demonstration of their amazing Victorian Computer, the Difference Engine #2. Regarded by many as the first example of a mechanical computer, the Difference Engine was only one of many inventions by the mathematician Charles Babbage. Due to his difficult personality and the enormous technical challenges involved in building his designs, the machines were never completed in his lifetime.

Meet inside the museum at the Difference Engine display. The demonstration will begin at 2pm, and lasts for about 1/2 hour.

Obscura Day is an international celebration of unusual places taking place around the world on March 20, 2010. It is sponsored by Atlas Obscura, a guide to the world’s wonders, curiosities, and esoterica.

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Cost: FREE*
*Free, but RSVP at eventbrite.com required
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