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I had two teachers for algorithms class. One spoke as if conversation were a non-returning recursive function

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Book: The Difference Engine


The Difference Engine
Charles Babbage and the Quest to Build the First Computer
by Doron Swade

I found this book very interesting, because it balances to opposite goals: demonstrating the novelty of Babbage's ideas/vision, and showing that they had absolutely no effect on the emergence of computing. These opposing goals are laid out upon a modern day challenge: building the Babbage's previously unbuilt Difference Engine and proving that it was functional to Babbage's original design. As a computer scientist, the balance of historical background and engineering challenge made the book rewarding for me to read.

The extended entry contains outline and summary (massive spoilers).