5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
A popular science book that reads like a thriller,
By A Customer
This review is from: The Cogwheel Brain (Hardcover)
I loved this book. It tells the story of Charles Babbage, a nineteenth-century all round genius who tried to build a computer (using cogwheels) about 150 years before computers became possible! Babbage's story is a tense and fascinating one, and features many of the most interesting and talented people of the Victorian period. The author tells the story in gripping, precise language that makes the book completely compulsive reading. What's more, you get two science thrillers here for the price of one, for Babbage's story has a dramatic modern sequel which Babbage himself would certainly never have imagined. Oh, and there's a beautiful Countess in the story (Lord Byron's only legitimate child) for good measure! Like Dava Sobel's 'Longitude', Doron Swade's 'The Cogwheel Braiun' is a real-life science story about something that really matters, and in a class of its own.