Charles Babbage (1792-1871) was a fascinating scientist, in many respects far ahead of his time. Primarily a mathematician, he worked on what we now would denote “operations research.” He developed the first actuarial tables, invented the first speedometer, and the first skeleton keys, as well as the first ophthalmoscope and the first locomotive “cowcatcher.” His most important work, however, was in the development of the first true computers (the “Difference Engine”), including the use of punched-card directions and information storage and retrieval systems. As a Christian, he wrote the ninth and last of the Bridgewater Treatises, a remarkable apologetic including a mathematical analysis of the Biblical miracles.
Excerpted from Men of Science, Men of God by Henry M. Morris. Copyright 1982, 1988 by Henry M. Morris. Used by permission.