London: John Murray, 1837. First Edition. Hardcover. Very Good+. 19th century three-quarter black morocco, cloth sides. 8 3/8 x 5 1/8 inches (21 x 13 cm); , xxii, 244 pp. Early ownership name on title. This was an unsolicited addition to the original eight treatises on natural religion that were published under the terms of the will of the Earl of Bridgewater. Babbage felt, with justification, that these (especially the work of Chalmers, the first treatise) contained a strong anti-scientific bias, one that he did not want to allow to go unaddressed. The work makes frequent reference to calculating machines (including his own, which is covered in an appendix), and is justly famous for the demonstration that is is possible to program a hypothetical calculating machine to produce "miracles." It is not a huge jump from some of Babbage's positions to those posited by digital philosophy in modern cosmology and physics. As an aside, in one appendix Babbage proposes a system of tree-ring dating of strata, quite possibly the first time that this method had been proposed for archaeological dating. Norman 94; Van Sinderen 1980, no. 51; Origins of Cyberspace 55. (Inventory #: 14512)
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