Babbage's confusion

Passé deux heures avec un conseiller ministériel, dans une confusion que je sais ne pas être seul à avoir expérimentée...

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.

Charles Babbage

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