"A new, a vast, and a powerful language is developed for the future use of analysis, in which to wield its truths so that these may become of more speedy and accurate practical application for the purposes of mankind than the means hitherto in our possession have rendered possible."

-Ada Lovelace

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Ada Lovelace, daughter of aristocratic poet Lord George Gordon Byron and Anne Isabella Noel Byron, was born in London on December 10, 1815. Lovelace showed an interest and talent for mathematics from an early age after her mother insisted that she pursued science and math because of a fear that she would inherit her father’s moody temperament.

Lovelace had 3 mentors in her early life, and later met her greatest mentor, Charles Babbage, at the age of 17. Babbage became known as the father of the computer following his invention of the difference engine, which led to his later invention of the analytical engine that completed complex calculations.

Lovelace was asked to translate an article on the analytical engine from a Swiss journal, her notes included three pages of her own thoughts and ideas that were published in 1843 using the initials “A.A.L.,”(Augusta Ada Lovelace). Her notes detailed theories about code and what is now known as “looping”, and one of the first appendices written by Lovelace was the algorithm that programmed the calculation of Bernoulli numbers. Due to this work, more than a century later Lady Ada began to be recognized as one of the most influential figures of the 1800's, and as the mother of the computer.

"The Analytical Engine has no pretensions whatever to originate anything. It can do whatever we know how to order it to perform... But it is likely to exert an indirec‍‍‍t and reciprocal influence on science itself." - Ada Lovelace

Mathematical science shows what is. It is the language of unseen relations between things. But to use and apply that language, we must be able fully to appreciate, to feel, to seize the unseen, the unconscious. - Ada Lovelace

Please note that this video is awesome and fun, but has a few common historical mistakes. Lady Ada and Charles Babbage did not work together on building anything. For historical information and analysis, check out the lecture videos at the bottom of this page.

The Scientific Life of Ada Lovelace - Professor Ursula Martin

Charles Babbage and Ada Lovelace - Professor Raymond Flood


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