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Author Essinger, James, 1957- author

Title Ada's algorithm : how Lord Byron's daughter Ada Lovelace launched the digital age / James Essinger
Published Brooklyn : Melville House, [2014]


Location Call no. Vol. Availability
 MELB  510.92 Lovela Ess/Aah  AVAILABLE
Description xvi, 254 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Contents Poetic beginnings -- Lord Byron : a scandalous ancestry -- Annabella : Anglo-Saxon attitudes -- The manor of parallelograms -- The art of flying -- Love -- Silken threads -- When Ada met Charles -- The thinking machine -- Kinship -- Mad scientist -- The analytical engine -- The Jacquard loom -- A mind with a view -- Ada's offer to Babbage -- The Enchantress of Number -- A horrible death -- Redemption
Summary "The world's first computer programmer and daughter of Lord Byron finally gets credit for her research in this gossipy short biography Over 150 years after her death, a widely-used scientific computer program was named "Ada," after Ada Lovelace, the only legitimate daughter of the eighteenth century's version of a rock star, Lord Byron. Why? Because, after computer pioneers such as Alan Turing began to rediscover her, it slowly became apparent that she had been a key but overlooked figure in the invention of the computer. In Ada Lovelace, James Essinger makes the case that the computer age could have started two centuries ago if Lovelace's contemporaries had recognized her research and fully grasped its implications. It's a remarkable tale, starting with the outrageous behavior of her father, which made Ada instantly famous upon birth. Ada would go on to overcome numerous obstacles to obtain a level of education typically forbidden to women of her day. She would eventually join forces with Charles Babbage, generally credited with inventing the computer, although as Essinger makes clear, Babbage couldn't have done it without Lovelace. Indeed, Lovelace wrote what is today considered the world's first computer program--despite opposition that the principles of science were "beyond the strength of a woman's physical power of application." Based on ten years of research and filled with fascinating characters and observations of the period, not to mention numerous illustrations, Essinger tells Ada's fascinating story in unprecedented detail to absorbing and inspiring effect"-- Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Subject Lovelace, Ada King, Countess of, 1815-1852.
Babbage, Charles, 1791-1871.
Women mathematicians -- Great Britain -- Biography.
Mathematicians -- Great Britain -- Biography.
Computers -- History -- 19th century.
Genre/Form Biographies.
LC no. 2014021837
ISBN 9781612194080 (hardback)
1612194087 (hardback)