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Did Babbage's Analytical Engine lack indirect addressing?

As I understand it the analytical engine could only refer to memory by variable cards that had the explicit address printed on them, see For instance the ...
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Why not build an "approximate" Analytical Engine before the complete one?

From the website and blog, it seems that the original documents are scattered and hard to decipher. It might be that the plans are not even close to be ...
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Why does nobody attempt to build Charles Babbage's Analytical Engine?

The Difference Engine was built in the 90s. Why has nobody succeeded in building the Analytical Engine? Charles Babbage designed the Analytical Engine as a general-purpose computer to succeed his ...
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