[GRP/Non-Fict.] Passages from the Life of a Philosopher by Charles Babbage - lt

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Passages from the Life of a Philosopher by Charles Babbage (1791 - 1871).

Some men write their lives to save themselves from ennui, careless of the amount they inflict on their readers.
Others write their personal history, lest some kind friend should survive them, and, in showing off his own talent, unwittingly show them up.
Others, again, write their own life from a different motive—from fear that the vampires of literature might make it their prey.
I have frequently had applications to write my life, both from my countrymen and from foreigners. Some caterers for the public offered to pay me for it. Others required that I should pay them for its insertion; others offered to insert it without charge. One proposed to give me a quarter of a column gratis, and as many additional lines of eloge as I chose to write and pay for at ten-pence per line. To many of these I sent a list of my works, with the remark that they formed the best life of an author; but nobody cared to insert them.
I have no desire to write my own biography, as long as I have strength and means to do better work.
The remarkable circumstances attending those Calculating Machines, on which I have spent so large a portion of my life, make me wish to place on record some account of their past history. As, however, such a work would be utterly uninteresting to the greater part of my countrymen, I thought it might be rendered less unpalatable by relating some of my experience amongst various classes of society, widely differing from each other, in which I have occasionally mixed.
This volume does not aspire to the name of an autobiography. It relates a variety of isolated circumstances in which I have taken part—some of them arranged in the order of time, and others grouped together in separate chapters, from similarity of subject.
The selection has been made in some cases from the importance of the matter. In others, from the celebrity of the persons concerned ; whilst several of them furnish interesting illustrations of human character. ( From the Preface)
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Post by afutterer » September 20th, 2018, 12:35 pm

I can help out and PL this if you want. Sounds interesting.
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Post by Lynnet » September 20th, 2018, 1:19 pm

afutterer wrote:
September 20th, 2018, 12:35 pm
I can help out and PL this if you want. Sounds interesting.
Great... do you want to DPL?
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Post by afutterer » September 20th, 2018, 7:01 pm

Yes ma'am. I'd love that.
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Post by Lynnet » September 20th, 2018, 9:01 pm

afutterer wrote:
September 20th, 2018, 7:01 pm
Yes ma'am. I'd love that.
I've added you as DPL.
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Post by amitsharma » September 20th, 2018, 11:08 pm

May I please claim chapter 2 and 3?

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Post by afutterer » September 21st, 2018, 6:48 am

PL NOTES:

SECTIONS 00 AND 01

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Post by Lynnet » September 21st, 2018, 7:33 am

amitsharma wrote:
September 20th, 2018, 11:08 pm
May I please claim chapter 2 and 3?

Thanks,

Amit
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Post by amitsharma » September 26th, 2018, 5:45 am

Hi,

Here is chapter 02 ready for PL.

https://librivox.org/uploads/lynnet/lifeofaphilosopher_02_babbage_128kb.mp3

Running time: 17:09

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Post by Lynnet » September 26th, 2018, 8:45 am

amitsharma wrote:
September 26th, 2018, 5:45 am
Hi,

Here is chapter 02 ready for PL.

https://librivox.org/uploads/lynnet/lifeofaphilosopher_02_babbage_128kb.mp3

Running time: 17:09

warm regards,

Amit
Thank you
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Post by pdyer » September 26th, 2018, 10:31 am

May I have Section 8?
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Post by Lynnet » September 26th, 2018, 10:36 am

pdyer wrote:
September 26th, 2018, 10:31 am
May I have Section 8?
You may!
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Post by afutterer » September 28th, 2018, 9:50 am

PL NOTES:

SECTION 02 - Childhood

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Post by ccfpcl » September 28th, 2018, 10:03 am

Hi Lynne,

I'd be happy to read chapters 9 and 10.

I will need some guidance on how you want us to tackle pictures, tables and equations however.

Best Regards, Chris.

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Post by Lynnet » September 28th, 2018, 11:09 am

ccfpcl wrote:
September 28th, 2018, 10:03 am
Hi Lynne,

I'd be happy to read chapters 9 and 10.

I will need some guidance on how you want us to tackle pictures, tables and equations however.

Best Regards, Chris.
Thank you for claiming.
I am no scientist and there is no hard and fast rule on how to read charts and tables, so to a large extent, it's what makes sense to you.
I would note the following, though:

The re the table following"Any number which the Analytical Engine is capable of using or of producing can, if required, be expressed by a card with certain holes in it; thus—"

Omit 'thus' and go straight onto the following paragraph. (You could insert 'there follows a table')

The chart that looks like dominoes, I'd just pretend it's not there, nd just read the text.

The equation should be read as is... yes, zero, zero, zero etc.

As I said before, if something else makes more sense, go with it, without leaving out any text.
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