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Ada's algorithm : how Lord Byron's daughter Ada Lovelace launched the digital age / James Essinger.

Essinger, James, 1957- author. (Author).
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  • 2 of 3 copies available at Evergreen Indiana.

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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Morgan County Public Library - Martinsville B LOV (Text) 78551000517249 Biography Checked out 11/07/2016
Seymour Main Library B LOVELACE, ADA (Text) 37500004349730 Biographies Available -
West Lafayette Public Library - West Lafayette 921 LOVELACE, ADA (Text) 31951003972087 2nd Floor - Non-Fiction Available -

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  • ISBN: 9781612194080 (hardback)
  • Physical Description: xvi, 254 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
  • Publisher: Brooklyn, NY : Melville House, [2014]

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Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Summary, etc.: "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.
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.
COMPUTERS / History.
HISTORY / Europe / Great Britain.

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