The name of this device is taken from the respective texture image, which is extractible from the DEMO1.DAS inside the ROTH\M folder of your installation tree, by using a program called XWE editor: COMPUTER.victorian computeer.BMP
Researching a potential real-world counterpart of the wondrous subject at hand, I came across an article on the steam-powered Analytical Engine, which was conceptualized by British mathematician Charles Babbage as early as 1837, as a proposed mechanical general-purpose computer. A successor to his first effort, the Difference Engine from 1822, this device "incorporated an arithmetic logic unit, control flow in the form of conditional branching and loops, and integrated memory," thus marking the "transition from mechanised arithmetic to fully-fledged general purpose computation." In 1991, a perfectly functioning reproduction, based on the descriptions and plans of Chabbage, the Difference Engine No. 2, was built 120 years after the death of its inventor and revealed in 2008 in an exhibition by the London Science Museum.
- ↑ Fox News: Could the age of computers have begun in Victorian England?
- ↑ The Victorian Era generally refers to the British period of Queen Victoria's reign from 20 June 1837 until her death on 22 January 1901.
- ↑ Analytical Engine
- ↑ Charles Babbage and the Analytical Engine
- ↑ Kevin Kelly: The Victorian-Era Supercomputer And The Genius Who Created It
- ↑ The Babbage Difference Engine No. 2