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Cultural Babbage

Francis Spufford

Cultural Babbage, edited by Francis Spufford and Jenny Uglow, collects quirky and offbeat essays on technology, culture and forgotten or imaginary histories.

Format
Paperback
ISBN
9780571172436
Date Published
17.03.1997
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Summary

With contributions from writers on both sides of the science/humanities divide, this is a collection of quirky and offbeat essays on technology, culture and forgotten or imaginary histories. Taking as its starting point Charles Babbage’s ‘Difference Engine’, a machine imagined but never built, the book explores a range of subjects where the imagination and science and technology meet. Essays deal with such topics as the invention of the phonograph, the Victorian delight in automata and the Internet and the British. The result is a work which makes surprising connections and draws intriguing conclusions.

FrancisSpufford

Francis Spufford was born in 1964. He is the author of five celebrated books of non-fiction. The most recent, Unapologetic, has been translated into three languages; the one before, Red Plenty, into nine. He has been longlisted or shortlisted for prizes in science writing, historical writing, political writing, theological writing, and writing ‘evoking the spirit of place’. His first novel.…

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