Ada, the Enchantress of Numbers: Poetical Science by Betty Alexandra Toole

By Betty Alexandra Toole

Ada Byron, woman Lovelace, used to be one of many first to put in writing courses for, and expect the influence of, Charles Babbage's Analytical Engine in 1843. appealing and captivating, she was once usually characterised as "mad and undesirable" as used to be her illustrious father. This publication variation, Ada, the Enchantress of Numbers: Poetical technology, emphasizes Ada's detailed expertise of integrating mind's eye, poetry and technological know-how. This version contains all of Ada's interesting letters to Charles Babbage, fifty five photos, and sidebars that encourages the reader to keep on with Ada's pathway to the twenty first century.

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Lynn Hershman Leeson, producer of the virtual reality movie “Conceiving Ada” Dr. Betty Toole has dedicated almost a lifetime of effort to elucidating the character and personality of Ada Lovelace, and has brought forth the real evidence, in Ada’s own words, that tells us who Ada really was. Instead of an enigmatic caricature, we find a real person and a passionate thinker who was truly the visionary who foresaw what was to come, with ideas about future computers, even before the word was coined, that went far beyond the mere calculating machines of her day.

D. D. D. Copyright©1998 Lovelace-Byron Collection All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted, in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise, without the prior permission of the copyright owners. Quotations must cite this book, and if for purposes other than review or journal articles, permission must be received from the copyright owner in writing. Part of the proceeds of this book will go to the University of California at Berkeley and Expanding Your Horizons.

Ada taught concepts in geometry using figures to illustrate the propositions as well as color to make the subject more interesting. ” Sometimes she realized she was overbearing and apologized stating how she often became so eager she forgot about everything else. ” Her letters to Mary Somerville were not only about Mary’s daughters but contained questions about Babbage. Mrs Somerville often took Ada to his house at One Dorset Street. One Dorset Street The autumn of 1834 was an exciting period in Charles Babbage’s life, and Ada was witness to the birth of an idea that has changed all our lives.

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