If you were intrigued by the article in today's Bulletin about Babbage's Analytical Engine, there is a terrific book by William Gibson and Bruce Sterling, which describes the world as it might have been if the "The Difference Engine" had actually been built.
Steampunk and adventure and speculative fiction at it's best.
I love these 'out-of-time' inventions. I love good old Tesla. Einstein. Napoleon.
People who come out of nowhere. (They are also examples of why doubting Shakespeare is moronic.)
Black Swan people.
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