Charles Babbage created the first reliable actuarial tables, invented skeleton keys and the locomotive cowcatcher? In 1847 he invented an ophthalmoscope to study the retina, but didn?t announce the invention and didn?t get any credit for it? Lady Lovelace also joined Charles Babbage in his failed attempts to create an infallible system of betting on horse races? The work of Charles Babbage and Lady Lovelace is central to the speculative novel The Difference Engine (1992), written by Bruce Sterling and William Gibson.
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