Charles Babbage was an 18th Century polymath, in the true tradition of the word. His interests and activities included: invention, reform, mathematics, philosophy, science, politics and writing. He was one of those men whose greatness was really only recognised long after his life had ceased.
Although technically questionable in terms of modern computing, his contribution to the theory of 'machines making light work of the drudgery of laborious and extensive calculations', earned him the accolade, the 'father' or 'grandfather' of modern computing.
It was his attempts, through his various calculating machines or the Analytical Engines and Difference Engines which he designed which paved the way theoretically to calculate a result through extensive repetition of a single process.
The sort of calculation methods applied in modern computers, able to perform billions of 'iterations' extremely fast.
Charles Babbage's Difference Engine No. 2 was built to his original designs at the Science Museum in London and completed in 1991 as part of a celebration for the bicentenary of his birth.
It consists of 4,000 parts and weighs over three tons.
It is made of bronze, steel and cast iron.
It has seven orders of difference and calculates to thirty figures. The machine is operated by a crank handle. The printing machine, would print the results to the left of the engine itself.
Our spoof model box takes three concepts to illustrate our ethos.
Babbage's idea that implementing task-specific technology, and in our case, software, can save time and manpower within business and free-up personnel to perform other tasks or, to spend that time doing the things they enjoy - like building scale models perhaps?