The adventures of Babbage and Lovelace

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Charles Babbage was an eccentric genius who lived in the early 19th century, who tried to create a mechanical device that would do all the things that electronic computers do today.  His ideas theoretically would have worked, but he never was able to build a model that actually would have worked.  His great friend was Ada Countess of Lovelace, Lord Byron’s daughter, who created the theory of programming.  If Babbage’s Difference Engine and Analytical Engine had worked, she would have been the first programmer.

SF writers Bruce Sterling and William Gibson collaborated on a great alternate history novel, The Difference Engine, on what would have happened if Babbage’s machines had worked, and the computer age had begun in Victorian England.  The Difference Engine was published in 1990, and became the prototype for the steampunk genre of science fiction.

Another eccentric genius, the British animator Sydney Padua, used that idea as a premise for a wild and crazy cartoon epic on the Adventures of Babbage and Lovelace, mixed with research on odd historical facts about the actual Babbage and Lovelace.  Some people may find her series a little too peculiar.  I think it is one of the funniest and most entertaining things on-line.

Click on 2D Goggles: Dangerous Experiments in Comics for her home page.

Click on 2D Goggles: FAQ for an introduction to the series.

Click on Lovelace – The Origin for the first story.

Click on Lovelace and Babbage Vs. the Economy. for how our protagonists’ steam-powered economic model went horribly wrong.

Click on Babbage and Lovelace Vs. the Client for our protagonists’ encounter with Queen Victoria.

Click on Lovelace and Babbage Vs. the Organist for how Charles Babbage’s campaign against street musicians went horribly wrong.

Click on Vampire Poets Prologue and Vampire Poets Part One for the story currently in progress.

Click on Metaphysical Speculations Into the Nature of this Comic for more cartoons.

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