No man in history was more ahead of his time than Charles Babbage, according to Richard Frisch, a technology expert who will give a talk on Babbage on Wednesday, Nov. 18, at 7:30 p.m. at the Mark Twain Library.
Part of the library’s Allen and Helen Hermes Arts Series, the talk on Babbage is a story of genius, creativity, invention, personal loss, and failure. Babbage was a brilliant polymath: mathematician, philosopher, scientist, economist, inventor, and much more, Frisch said.
“Contrary to the belief Alan Turing invented the digital computer during World War II, as popularized in the movie The Imitation Game, Babbage invented it over a century earlier,” Frisch said.
Babbage revolutionized mechanical computation in the early stages of the Industrial Revolution, inventing two incredible calculating engines and a mechanical general-purpose, programmable computer.
Frisch, a graduate of Duke and Harvard universities, is the chief technology officer for Karlinsky LLC, a New York City-based law firm. He also runs RHFtech, a tech support firm for small businesses, and he manages Weston’s Government Access TV Channel 79. Frisch began working with computers in 1972. He worked for more than 30 years in the financial services industry, and was part of the team at Citicorp that developed the modern ATM in the mid-1970s.
Please register for this program online at www.marktwainlibrary.org at the library, or call 203-938-2545.