“Charles Babbage was born in London on 26 December 1791. His education was mostly private and he went up to Cambridge University in 1810. Cambridge studies were then strongly oriented toward mathematics. Babbage, however, soon discovered that Newton’s ideas still dominated the Cambridge curriculum, whereas he had been exposed to, and was much drawn toward, the type of mathematics then receiving attention in Europe. He preferred to spend time on these studies rather than to undertake the grind that competing for the place of Senior Wrangler would have implied.”
Maurice V. Wilkes. 2003. Babbage, Charles. In Encyclopedia of Computer Science (4th ed.), Anthony Ralston, Edwin D. Reilly, and David Hemmendinger (Eds.). John Wiley and Sons Ltd., Chichester, UK 127-129.