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 footnotes that encourages the reader to follow Ada s pathway to the 21st century....
|Title||:||Ada, the Enchantress of Numbers:Poetical Science|
|Publisher||:||Critical Connection October 10, 2010|
|Number of Pages||:||439 pages|
|File Size||:||2253 KB|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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Ada, the Enchantress of Numbers:Poetical Science Reviews
This is a fascinating work of research and writing. Betty Alexandra Toole is the authority on the life and story of Ada Byron Lovelace. She has used original source material in her biography. The book is far more than a standard biography as it includes correspondence written by Ada across her short life. She was a prolific writer as well as serious student of mathematics and the scientific advances of her time. I can't think of any other book that has given me a better understanding of an important and complex historical figure.
For those of us who have an interest in computer and history, the story of Ada Lovelace is a must read. Dr. Toole has offered her intellectual power and dedicated research to reconstruct the life of Ada through transcribing her correspondence, as well as explaining the powerful idea of Poetical Science. It might sound odd to a modern audience that machine is explained in poetical terms but this is a British intellectual tradition to use poetic language to describe science. Richard Dawkins’ Selfish Gene is another example comes to my mind. I believe that this book is still very relevant to us because we could use Ada’s idea to utilize our intuition to inform scientific exploration.
Nice book about very interesting woman. Worth reading for everybody but especially for computer scientists.
This book gives a nice overview of Ada Lovelace's life through her own words in her letters. The author gives enough back ground to give a full view of her life. Ada was an impressive and inspirational person.
Excellant that this book is now out in Kindle format.
A very detailed and well researched bio. But, a bit biased in favor of the subject, whose dark side is not very well described and thus, one is left with doubts. Was she a sick gambler? Was she a faithful wife? What is left impressively clear is Ada's mathematical talent, creativity, joy. And it is also an open story... what a family to do research in!
The audible version of this book was awesome! The reader gave it so much life and it is well written. I recommend this book to everyone - specially if you are interested in learning about people who brought us to the computer era. Ada is inspirational and I am glad that she left enough material for a great author to piece her life together.