Published on July 16, 2018 by

Charles Babbage’s Analytical Engine was designed as the first Turing complete computer – before Turing was even born. Sadly it was never built. Professor Brailsford explains with the help of Sydney Padua’s illustrations.

More of Sydney’s work:

Analytical Engine project:
Lovelace Symposium :
Stephen Wolfram’s Blog on Ada Lovelace:

Turing Complete:
Sorting Secret: COMING SOON
Password Cracking:
Slow Loris Attack:
Quantum Computing ‘Magic’:
Sixty Symbols – Ada’s Tomb:
Undecidability Tangent:

This video was filmed and edited by Sean Riley.

Computer Science at the University of Nottingham:

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