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Babbage knew that if you put garbage in, you get garbage out — 2 Comments

  1. I am not sure he really did. It was, it seems to me, a rhetorical question; it was Babbage —a difficult personality by all accounts— who failed to appreciate the difficulties.

    He was not the first, nor was Leibniz
    “The only way to rectify our reasonings is to make them as tangible as those of the Mathematicians, so that we can find our error at a glance, and when there are disputes among persons, we can simply say: Let us calculate, without further ado, to see who is right.”

  2. I fear my post is an example of putting laziness in and getting non-sequiturs out. Spotting that it was the anniversary of Babbage’s proposal, I attempted to rework a piece from about ten years ago, leading to logical incoherence.

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