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Most people think of computers as very modern
inventions, products of our new technological age. But actually the idea for a
computer was (1) ______ out over two centuries ago by a man (2) ______ Charles
Babbage was born in 1791 and (3) ______ up to be a brilliant mathematician. He
drew up plans for several calculating machines (4)______ he called �engines� .
But despite the fact that he (5) ______ building some of these he never finished
any of them. Over the years people have argued (6) ______ his machines would
ever work. Recently, however, the Science Museum in London has finished building
(7) ______ engine (8) ______ on one of Babbage's designs.
It has taken six years to complete and more (9)______four thousand parts have
been specially made. Whether it works or not, the machine will be on show at a
special exhibition in the Science Museum to (10)______ people of Babbage's work.
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