Up until a couple of weeks ago Plan 28 was a one man show. Although Plan 28 has received enormous press coverage and many people have pledged money, services, material and time, the project was still just me.
I'm happy to say that that's no longer the case.
Doron Swade, the pre-eminent Babbage expert, who, as curator of computing a the Science Museum, masterminded the project to build Babbage's Difference Engine No. 2 has joined me on the project. Doron and I now share responsibility for finishing Babbage's work.
Doron and I met over coffee a few weeks ago to discuss the Analytical Engine and it was clear that both of us had been dreaming of building the physical engine for public display. Happily, Doron had been doing a lot more than dreaming. His deep knowledge of Babbage's engines and his continuing study of Babbage's plans and notes have placed him in the unique position of being the key figure in any attempt to build the world's first digital, programmable, automatic computer.
Much more has been happening behind the scenes that we cannot yet discuss, and the project's success is by no means guaranteed, but Plan 28 has received a major boost in the form of Doron Swade.
PS You can still pledge to the project; your promise of $, € or £ is much needed!