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Babbage, Charles / Nagy, Karl.
Logarithmen der Natürlichen Zahlen 1 bis 108000. Von Karl Babbage, Esq., M. A Dritte Stereotyp-Auflage, besorgt und mit der Einleitung in Deutscher Sprache herausgeben, von Karl Nagy.
London, "Gedruckt für die Ungarische Akademie der Wissenschaften", 1834. 8vo. xvi pp; iv-xiv pp, 201 pp, (1). Mid-20th century quarter calf over cloth boards, with gilt title on spine. A handsome, fresh copy; red ink stamps of the Kensington Public Libraries on first leaf of ‘Vorwort’ and final leaf of errata. Very rare bilingual German / Hungarian translation of Babbage’s work on logarithms, printed at the expense of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences apparently in order to convey Babbage’s work to interested readers within the Austro-Hungarian empire. Karl Nagy himself was inspired by Babbage’s work to produce his own little-known calculating machine, for which records survive only in manuscript and in a rare Hungarian monograph of the period (see below). - It was Babbage’s experience in constructing his logarithmic tables which convinced him that such numerical exercises could be better produced by mechanical means. His work on a "Difference Engine," a mechanical computer, was intended to accomplish this laborious chore. The relationship between Karl Nagy (1797-1868) and Babbage (1791-1871) is based on few sources including the present work. In a letter to Babbage dated April 9th, 1833, Nagy expresses his admiration for Babbage’s tables and his intention to introduce his countrymen to them, in effect asking permission to produce the present translation. Nagy also appears to have met Babbage during the former’s short spell in London. Recently-unearthed manuscripts in Hungary show that Nagy in fact drew up plans for constructing his own difference engine based on Babbage, w … [Click Below for Full Description]
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