Update: This story has been corrected to reflect that the date of the public opening of the exhibit is May 10.
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.--"Excuse me, Richard, we have a very large parcel."
With those words, spoken by John Shulver of London's Science Museum, a day of supreme geekery unfolded at the Computer History Museum here.
To be precise, the package in question was the delivery and installation of a difference engine, a brand new model of a 19th-century-era machine designed--but never actually built--by Charles Babbage. It was designed to be a mechanical calculator which can … Read more