Ada Lovelace (1815-1852) was the daughter of Lord Byron, a poet, and Anna Isabella Milbanke, a mathematician. Her parents separated when she was young, and her mother insisted on a logic-focused education, rejecting Byron's mad love of poetry. But Ada remained fascinated with her father and considered mathematics poetical science. Via her friendship with inventor Charles Babbage, she became involved in programming his Analytical Engine, a precursor to the computer, thus becoming the world's first computer programmer. This picture book biography of Ada Lovelace is a compelling portrait of a woman who saw the potential for numbers to make art.
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"Narrator Rosalyn Landor's gentle British inflection brings authenticity to the story of Ada Lovelace, the British woman who is credited with being the first computer programmer--more than 100 years before the development of computers as we know them. Taken on visits to the factories of the Industrial Revolution and steeped in mathematics, young Ada had visions of creating the code to direct both a steam-powered calculator and an analytical engine. Landor's elocution is as precise as Lovelace's brain as inventors of the times enlist her assistance. Landor's enthusiasm comes though especially well in the sequence of Ada describing how an algorithm is like a treasure hunt. The production's background music complements the story, especially the machine-like passage that echo the Industrial Revolution sweeping across England. A.R. © AudioFile 2017, Portland, Maine"
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