MF2006: Difference engine

difference engine

I was pleasantly surprised to find Tim Robinson’s difference engines at the Maker Faire. Both machines are based on Charles Babbage’s designs and built out of Meccano. A difference engine is a mechanical computer for tabulating polynomial functions. You can read more about the construction on his site. More photos: one, two.


  1. J says:

    No, jackass, you DIDN’T get first post. I just didn’t verify my comment…

  2. digitallysick says:

    the “first post w00t” guy, kiss my ass! w00t

  3. Eviltwin says:

    / Kicks that guy in the butt. /

  4. andy says:

    makes me wanna go to the science museum (london)

  5. Matt says:

    The replica difference engine at the London Science Museum is a beautiful piece of engineering and well worth the visit. Shame it wasn’t operating when I saw it (they only run it occasionally).
    Having said that, this is excellent workmanship too & I’m sure the videos don’t do it justice. Where are my karma points when I need them!?!

  6. J says:

    So much for your first post, huh?

  7. Ben says:

    +1 crossreferencing my websites

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