Optimum - The Crusade for Efficiency is partly the story of the 19th
century origins of the computer. One of the main figures in the film is
Charles Babbage, a mathematician and inventor whose most important creation
was the Analytical Engine. A device capable of calculating any mathematical
operation, it is the genuine forerunner of the computer.
Read about the film by clicking here: http://frif.com/new2001/opt.html
"An informative and entertaining overview.... research is explained in
meticulous details with vintage photographs, drawings, diagrams and
delightful animations." - Leonardo: Journal of the International Society of
Arts, Sciences and Technology
"This quirky and, at some times, sinister film co-joins three 19th century
visionaries... The subject and intellectual content is for juniors and
seniors in high school, and up. It is an absorbing and thought provoking
film and recommended for very large high school collections, or college and
university collections." - Educational Media Reviews Online
Dylan M. McGinty
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First Run / Icarus Films, Inc.
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