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Charles Babbage

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Babbage, Charles (1792–1871), British mathematician and inventor who devoted much labor and expense to an unsuccessful attempt to devise a mechanical calculator, his so-called “analytical engine.” With J. Herschel and G. Peacock, he introduced the Leibnizian “d” notation for calculus into British mathematical use in place of the less flexible “dot” notation devised by Sir Isaac Newton.

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