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 Charles Babbage - “When a mass of matter is to be removed a certain force must be expended and upon the proper economy of this force the price of transport will depend.”
 Charles Babbage - “There are few circumstances which so strongly distinguish the philosopher, as the calmness with which he can reply to criticisms he may think undeservedly severe.”
 Charles Babbage - “The half minute which we daily devote to the winding-up of our watches is an exertion of labour almost insensible yet, by the aid of a few wheels, its effect is spread over the whole twenty-four hours.”
 Charles Babbage - “The force of vapour is another fertile source of moving power but even in this case it cannot be maintained that power is created.”
 Charles Babbage - “The fatigue produced on the muscles of the human frame does not altogether depend on the actual force employed in each effort, but partly on the frequency with which it is exerted.”
 Charles Babbage - “Telegraphs are machines for conveying information over extensive lines with great rapidity.”
 Charles Babbage - “Some kinds of nails, such as those used for defending the soles of coarse shoes, called hobnails, require a particular form of the head, which is made by the stroke of a die.”
 Charles Babbage - “In turning from the smaller instruments in frequent use to the larger and more important machines, the economy arising from the increase of velocity becomes more striking.”
 Charles Babbage - “If we look at the fact, we shall find that the great inventions of the age are not, with us at least, always produced in universities.”
 Charles Babbage - “At each increase of knowledge, as well as on the contrivance of every new tool, human labour becomes abridged.”
 Charles Babbage - “Another mode of accumulating power arises from lifting a weight and then allowing it to fall.”
 Charles Babbage - “A tool is usually more simple than a machine it is generally used with the hand, whilst a machine is frequently moved by animal or steam power.”
 Charles Babbage - “Whenever the work is itself light, it becomes necessary, in order to economize time, to increase the velocity.”
 Charles Babbage - “It will be readily admitted, that a degree conferred by an university, ought to be a pledge to the public that he who holds it possesses a certain quantity of knowledge.”
 Charles Babbage - “The possessors of wealth can scarcely be indifferent to processes which, nearly or remotely have been the fertile source of their possessions.”
 Charles Babbage - “On two occasions I have been asked, 'Pray, Mr. Babbage, if you put into the machine wrong figures, will the right answers come out' I am not able rightly to apprehend the kind of confusion of ideas that could provoke such a question.”
 Charles Babbage - “It is therefore not unreasonable to suppose that some portion of the neglect of science in England, may be attributed to the system of education we pursue.”
 Charles Babbage - “The public, who consume the new commodity or profit by the new invention, are much better judges of its merit than the government can be.”
 Charles Babbage - “In mathematics we have long since drawn the rein, and given over a hopeless race.”
 Charles Babbage - “The economy of human time is the next advantage of machinery in manufactures.”
 Charles Babbage - “Another contrivance for regulating the effect of machinery consists in a vane or fly, of little weight, but presenting a large surface.”
 Charles Babbage - “The public character of every public servant is legitimate subject of discussion, and his fitness or unfitness for office may be fairly canvassed by any person.”
 Charles Babbage - “I am inclined to attach some importance to the new system of manufacturing and venture to throw it out with the hope of its receiving a full discussion among those who are most interestedin the subject.”
 Charles Babbage - “Propose to any Englishman any principle or instrument, however admirable, and you will observe that the whole effort of the English mind is directed to find a difficulty, a defect, or an impossibility in it.”
 Charles Babbage - “Perhaps it would be better for science, that all criticism should be avowed.”

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