also had quite a sharp wit
, and was fond of poking fun at the idiosyncrasies
of the day. Some quotes
Errors using inadequate data are much less than those using no data at all.
On two occasions I have been asked (by members of Parliament), '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.
And the final cream of the quote crop, the "every minute dies a man" debacle. It is frustrating to see such an obviously brilliant man have so little recognition in his time.