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By Charles Babbage

Charles Babbage (1791-1871) was once an English mathematician, thinker and mechanical engineer who invented the concept that of a programmable machine. From 1828 to 1839 he used to be Lucasian Professor of arithmetic at Cambridge, a place whose holders have integrated Isaac Newton and Stephen Hawking. A proponent of usual faith, he released The 9th Bridgewater Treatise in 1837 as his own reaction to The Bridgewater Treatises, a sequence of books on theology and technology that had lately seemed. Disputing the declare that technology disfavours faith, Babbage wrote 'that there exists no such deadly collision among the phrases of Scripture and the evidence of nature'. He argues at the foundation of cause and event on my own, drawing a parallel among his paintings at the calculating engine and God because the divine programmer of the universe. Eloquently written, and underpinned by means of mathematical arguments, The 9th Bridgewater Treatise is a landmark paintings of ordinary theology.

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Now it must be remarked, that the law that each number presented by the Engine is greater by unity than the jyreceding number, which law the observer had deduced from an induction of a hundred million instances, was FAVOUR OF DESIGN. 39 not the true law that regulated its action ; and that the occurrence of the number 100,010,002 at the 100,000,002d term, was as necessary a consequence of the original adjustment, and might have been as fully foreknown at the commencement, as was the regular succession of any one of the intermediate numbers to its immediate antecedent.

FAVOUR OF DESIGN. 43 certain—that the mechanism brought into action for the purpose of changing the nature of the calculation from the production of its more elementary operations into those highly complicated ones of which we speak, is itself of the simplest kind. In contemplating the operations of laws so uniform during such immense periods, and then changing so completely their apparent nature, whilst the alterations are in fact only the necessary consequences of some far higher law, we can scarcely avoid remarking the analogy which they bear to several of the phenomena of nature.

In that more extended form which recent simplifications have enabled me to give to machinery constructed for the purpose of making calculations, it will be possible, by certain adjustments, to set the engine so that it shall produce the series of natural numbers in regular order, from unity up to a number expressed by more than a thousand places of figures. At the end of that term, another and a different law shall regulate the succeeding terms ; this law shall continue in operation perhaps for a number of terms, expressed by unity, 12 ARGUMENT IN 1000 followed bv a thousand zeros, or 10 ; at which period another law shall be introduced, and, like its predecessors, govern the figures produced by the engine during a third of those enormous periods.

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