Ada Lovelace was born 200 yrs ago yesterday. happy birthday! a celebrated, colorful, and also tragic figure. controversial! but one of the 1st geek women in history, one of the 1st geeks. she is not so well known outside of CS circles and even not all that well known within CS circles. one of the neat aspects of the long history of computation. this is a collection of the many great books[a] and some other highlights around the web. articles in Nature[a13], guardian newspaper[a14], wolfram blog[a15], make magazine[a17], even mtv![a18] a moment to celebrate the beautiful historical diversity of our field.
have been thinking of Babbage a lot last few years [b] as quantum computers are starting to take off, and read an excellent biography of him recently.[b2] there is some of his ~1½ century old story about a driven scientist against the extreme edges of technological limitations of the era. in many ways the ultimate “steampunk”.
Doron Swade[b2][b6] led an effort to build the real difference and analytical engines years ago, working at a computer history museum. his efforts reflect some of the original difficulty/ hardship of Babbage. one of the original “mad scientists”!
babbage was a theoretician, mathematician, and engineer of world class. anyone, any visionary who has dreamed of grandiose technology on the horizon must feel a affinity for this kindred spirit, a fellow saint/ scoundrel of the club of technologists.
hey, theres a movie about Turing, now how about one about Babbage and Lovelace? wouldnt that make a great story/ drama?
- 1. Remembering Ada Lovelace: 200th birthday of the world’s first computer programmer – Mirror Online
- 2. Ada, the Enchantress of Numbers: Prophet of the Computer Age: Betty A. Toole, Betty Alexandra Toole: 9780912647180: Amazon.com: Books
- 3. The Bride of Science: Romance, Reason, and Byron’s Daughter: Benjamin Woolley: 9780071388603: Amazon.com: Books
- 4. Ada Lovelace: The Computer Wizard of Victorian England (Who Was…?): Lucy Lethbridge: 9781904095767: Amazon.com: Books
- 5. Ada Lovelace: 100 Notes, 100 Thoughts: Documenta Series 055 (100 Notes-100 Thoughts/100 Notizen-100 Gedanken: Documenta (13)): Ada Lovelace: 9783775729048: Amazon.com: Books
- 6. Ada Byron Lovelace: The Lady and the Computer (People in Focus Book): Mary Dodson Wade: 9780875185989: Amazon.com: Books
- 7. A Female Genius: How Ada Lovelace Started the Computer Age: 9781908096661: Amazon.com: Books
- 8. The Calculating Passion of Ada Byron: Joan Baum: 9780208021199: Amazon.com: Books
- 9. Ada, Countess of Lovelace: Byron’s Legitimate Daughter: Doris Langley Moore: 9780060130121: Amazon.com: Books
- 10. Ada, the Enchantress of Numbers: A Selection from the Letters of Lord Byron’s Daughter and Her Description of the First Computer: Betty A. Toole: 9780912647098: Amazon.com: Books
- 11. Ada: A Life And A Legacy (History of Computing): Dorothy Stein: 9780262691161: Amazon.com: Books
- 12. Ada the Amplifier | Gödel’s Lost Letter and P=NP
- 13. Computer science: Enchantress of abstraction : Nature : Nature Publishing Group
- 14. Ada Lovelace, trailblazer of science, brought to life in exhibition | Technology | The Guardian
- 15. Untangling the Tale of Ada Lovelace—Stephen Wolfram Blog
- 16. Ada Lovelace Day | Celebrating the achievements of women in science, technology, engineering and maths
- 17. Why We’re Still Talking About Gender in STEM on Ada Lovelace’s 200th Birthday | Make:
- 18. Meet Countess Ada Lovelace, The World’s First Computer Programmer – MTV
- 19. Ada Lovelace: Founder of Scientific Computing
- 20. Ada Lovelace Day | Computer History Museum
- 1. Charles Babbage: Pioneer of the Computer: Anthony Hyman: 9780691023779: Amazon.com: Books
- 2. The Difference Engine: Charles Babbage and the Quest to Build the First Computer: Doron Swade: 9780142001448: Amazon.com: Books
- 3. Charles Babbage: And the Engines of Perfection (Oxford Portraits in Science): Bruce Collier, James MacLachlan: 9780195089974: Amazon.com: Books
- 4. Charles Babbage and The Countess: Patricia Warrick: 9781425983116: Amazon.com: Books
- 5. Charles Babbage and His Calculating Engines: Philip Morrison, Emily Morrison: 9780486200125: Amazon.com: Books
- 6. The Cogwheel Brain: Doron Swade: 9780316648479: Amazon.com: Books
- 7. Passages from the Life of a Philosopher (Cambridge Library Collection – Technology): Charles Babbage: 9781108037884: Amazon.com: Books
- 8. The Difference Engine: Computing, Knowledge, and the Transformation of Learning: Eugene F. Provenzo: 9781442214354: Amazon.com: Books
- 9. Charles Babbage: Pioneer of the Computer: Anthony Hyman: 9780691083032: Amazon.com: Books
- 10. Charles Babbage and His Calculating Engines: Doron Swade: 9780901805454: Amazon.com: Books
- 11. Charles Babbage and the Story of the First Computer (Uncharted, Unexplored, and Unexplained): Josepha Sherman: 9781584153726: Amazon.com: Books
- 12. computability – Was Babbage’s Analytical Engine really turing-complete? – Theoretical Computer Science Stack Exchange
- 13. The Construction of Charles Babbage’s Difference Engine No. 2 / Swade
- 14. A demo of Charles Babbage’s Difference Engine – YouTube
- 15. LEGO Ideas – Lovelace & Babbage