Toole did research for more than eight years, burying herself in British archives and libraries to narrate and edit this extraordinary collection of letters written by Ada Lovelace. Not only do they outline Ada's ingenuity for the sciences, but they also enlighten us on all aspects of Lady Lovelace's multidimensional life: her passionate desire to flourish in a "man's world," her battle with drug addiction and chronic sickness, and her efforts as a mother and wife. Lovelace also had a reputation as a wild gambler and a lover. Ada was one of the first to write programs of instructions for Babbage's Analytical Engines, the famous precursors to the modern digital computer. Ada's letters are some of the classic founding documents of cybernetics and computer science, written nearly a century before ENIAC.
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New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Chiaverini illuminates the life of Ada Byron King, Countess of Lovelace—Lord Byron’s daughter and the world’s first computer programmer. The only legitimate child of Lord Byron, the most brilliant, revered, and scandalous of the Romantic poets, Ada was destined for fame long before her birth. But her mathematician mother, estranged from Ada's infamous and destructively passionate father, is determined to save her only child from her perilous Byron heritage. Banishing fairy tales and make-believe from the nursery, Ada’s mother provides her daughter with a rigorous education grounded in mathematics and science. Any troubling spark of imagination—or worse yet, passion or poetry—is promptly extinguished. Or so her mother believes. When Ada is introduced into London society as a highly eligible young heiress, she at last discovers the intellectual and social circles she has craved all her life. Little does she realize how her exciting new friendship with Charles Babbage—the brilliant, charming, and occasionally curmudgeonly inventor of an extraordinary machine, the Difference Engine—will define her destiny. Enchantress of Numbers unveils the passions, dreams, and insatiable thirst for knowledge of a largely unheralded pioneer in computing—a young woman who stepped out of her father’s shadow to achieve her own laurels and champion the new technology that would shape the future.
Ada Byron, Lady Lovelace, was one of the first to write programs for, and predict the impact of, Charles Babbage's Analytical Engine in 1843. Beautiful and charming, she was often characterized as "mad and bad" as was her illustrious father. This e-book edition, Ada, the Enchantress of Numbers: Poetical Science, emphasizes Ada's unique talent of integrating imagination, poetry and science. This edition includes all of Ada's fascinating letters to Charles Babbage, 55 pictures, and sidebars that encourages the reader to follow Ada's pathway to the 21st century.
Imagine a life with no computers; no Google, Facebook, Wikipedia, or Amazon! That is the world that Ada Lovelace lived in, alongside Charles Babbage, the inventor of the world's first counting machine. Together the pair would lay the foundation for the world's first computer code, which is still in use today. Not only did Ada use her skills in calculus, arithmetic, and language to change the world, she changed what it meant to be a woman at the time when she chose a lifechanging career in math. learn about her ground breaking discoveries and inspirational determination in this tale of self-discovery and adventure! The Enchantress of Numbers is the fourth book in the four part series, STEM Super-heroines, published by Girls Rock Math. GRM aims to inspire youth with stories of the brave, creative, and accomplished women that have helped shape mathematics as we know it today. Girls Rock Math is a program that aims to provide thought provoking, creative experiences in math, empowering girls to develop confidence in their skills and a life-long interest in mathematics.
By the mid-1800's the Industrial Revolution was in full swing, changing every aspect of society from the depths of the deepest mine to the loftiest halls of power, but in the midst of all that, unknown to many, another revolution was brewing. In an age of steam, an idiosyncratic inventor named Charles Babbage, with the aid of the brilliant young Ada Lovelace, daughter of the notorious Lord Byron, were planning to bring Victorian Britain into the information age. Together they tried to create a working computer, half a century before the first light bulbs or automobiles. It would be constructed of gears and powered by steam, but it would undeniably be a computer capable of performing calculations and solving problems with greater speed and accuracy than any human. As Ada herself described it, "The Analytical Engine does not occupy common ground with mere 'calculating machines.' It holds a position wholly its own, and the considerations it suggests are more interesting in their nature."Stranger and more compelling than fiction, this is the true story of two of history's most fascinating figures and their quest to jump-start the computer revolution. It's a story of courageous people fighting back against the smothering gender roles of their day. It's a story of visionaries who were willing to risk everything to usher their world into a new age, but ultimately it's a story of two extraordinary individuals and the bonds between them.
From the bestselling author of the acclaimed Chaos and Genius comes a thoughtful and provocative exploration of the big ideas of the modern era: Information, communication, and information theory. Acclaimed science writer James Gleick presents an eye-opening vision of how our relationship to information has transformed the very nature of human consciousness. A fascinating intellectual journey through the history of communication and information, from the language of Africa’s talking drums to the invention of written alphabets; from the electronic transmission of code to the origins of information theory, into the new information age and the current deluge of news, tweets, images, and blogs. Along the way, Gleick profiles key innovators, including Charles Babbage, Ada Lovelace, Samuel Morse, and Claude Shannon, and reveals how our understanding of information is transforming not only how we look at the world, but how we live. A New York Times Notable Book A Los Angeles Times and Cleveland Plain Dealer Best Book of the Year Winner of the PEN/E. O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award
Cervical cancer is an emotive disease with multiple connotations. It has stood for the horror of cancer, the curse of femininity, the hope of cutting-edge medical technologies, and the promise of screening for malignant tumours. Ilana Lowy follows the disease from antiquity to the 21st century, tracing both medical progress and social change.
In this first in-depth study of how historic scientists and inventors have been portrayed on screen, A Biographical Encyclopedia of Scientists and Inventors in American Film and TV since 1930 catalogs nearly 300 separate performances and includes essays on the screen images of more than 80 historic scientists, inventors, engineers, and medical researchers.
When Mary Godwin and Lady Ada Byron first meet, they don’t exactly hit it off. But with crime on the rise, the unlikely pair form a detective agency to hunt down clever criminals on the streets of London. Their first case involves a stolen necklace, a false confession, and lots of suspicious suspects – but these are no match for Ada and Mary. Filled with daring balloon chases, vile villains and two unforgettable heroines, The Case of the Missing Moonstone is the first in a thrilling new series; perfect for all aspiring sleuths.