[Humanist] 23.91 a "Turing Machine in brass"?

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                  Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 23, No. 91.
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        Date: Thu, 18 Jun 2009 10:38:22 +0100
        From: Willard McCarty <willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk>
        Subject: a Turing Machine in brass

Hugh Kenner, in his magnificent book The Counterfeiters: An Historical 
Comedy, attributes to Alan Turing the remark that Babbage's Engine was 
"a Turing Machine in brass" (p. 152), or something to that effect. Does 
anyone here know where exactly Turing connected his abstract machine 
with his predecessor's metal one?

Thanks.

WM
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King's College London, staff.cch.kcl.ac.uk/~wmccarty/;
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