Essinger 2004

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James Essinger, Jacquard's Web: How a hand loom led to the birth of the information age. Oxford UP, 2004.

story of de Prony's logarithmic tables; they produced 17 manuscript folio volumes and he wanted them to be printed, even commissioned plates, but proved too costly in the end (60)

Babbage often made cardboard prototypes of his Difference Engine mechanisms first (75); hired toolmaker and draughtsman Joseph Clement to make the parts