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Quoting Rod Roark (rod@sunsetsystems.com):

> Babbage himself never built a working Analytical Engine... 
> neither he nor Ada lived to see one.

The earlier Difference Engine _was_ completed, by the way, and could
compute polynomials to six decimal places.  A few years ago, there was a
project to rebuild it at the Science Museum in London, using only
techniques available to the Victorians.  

I remember the staff there, at the time, speculating that the planned
Analytic Engine (larger, accurate to twenty decimal places) actually
_had_ been a feasible project for Babbage's company, albeit barely, and
failed more because of labour relations problems than anything else.

Cheers,   "Why is the alphabet in that order?  Is it because of that song?"
Rick Moen                                              -- Steven Wright
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