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By Betty Alexandra Toole

Ada Byron, girl Lovelace, used to be one of many first to write down courses for, and expect the influence of, Charles Babbage's Analytical Engine in 1843. appealing and fascinating, she used to be frequently characterised as "mad and undesirable" as used to be her illustrious father. This booklet version, Ada, the Enchantress of Numbers: Poetical technology, emphasizes Ada's distinctive expertise of integrating mind's eye, poetry and technological know-how. This variation comprises all of Ada's interesting letters to Charles Babbage, fifty five photos, and sidebars that encourages the reader to stick with Ada's pathway to the twenty first century.

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When Lady Byron reported that Ada was interested in mechanical things, Lord Byron was not disappointed. “One poet in the family was enough,” he remarked. Lady Byron was relieved. She was anxious to see that Ada’s imagination was bounded by mechanical and mathematical facts. Conflicting emotional and intellectual seeds were planted in her childhood. In the foreground was the factual, scientific, technological world of her omnipresent mother, and in the background was the amorphous image of the romantic absent father.

Charles Babbage On 5 June 1833, Ada attended a party where she met Charles Babbage. Babbage, who later dubbed himself Sir Alphabet Function, was a 42–year–old mathematician and widower, who, like Ada’s father, had gone to Cambridge University. He was regarded as one of the greatest minds of the nineteenth century. His interests ranged from mechanical dolls to mechanical machines, from the probability of games of chance to the moves in a chess game. Compared to most of the adults Ada knew who were so very proper, Babbage was an iconoclast.

He sent her an invitation enticing her to come to see the “Silver Lady,” one of the two automatic dolls he had. In Passages he described one of the dolls, “whose eyes were filled with imagination . . ” Jacquard Loom and punched cards During the summer of 1834 Ada had a chance to see the Industrial Revolution in action. She went with her mother on a trip to the north of England and visited many of the new factories blossoming throughout England. They visited printers and ribbon factories in Coventry.

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