A chapter from *How Old is Time? Short Stories from Science, History and Philosophy* saso-dolenc.com/how-old-is-time Read by John Stubbs. Today, he would have presented his findings at a press conference, but because the year was 1833, mathematician Charles Babbage threw a party for celebrated guests, at a salon as it was called then. Among the guests were respected aristocrats, artists, scientists and indeed everyone who was anyone in London society at the time. The company included the young Ada Byron, who was very interested in technological novelties.