Ada's Algorithm: How Lord Byron's Daughter Ada Lovelace Launched the Digital Age

Ada's Algorithm: How Lord Byron's Daughter Ada Lovelace Launched the Digital Age

by James Essinger

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781612194578
Publisher: Melville House Publishing
Publication date: 10/13/2015
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 250,143
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

JAMES ESSINGER is a writer with a particular interest in the history of ideas that have had a practical impact on the modern world. His previous book, Jacquard’s Web: How a Hand-Loom Led to the Birth of the Information Age (2004), was chosen as one of the top 5 popular science books of the year by the Economist.

Table of Contents

Preface xi

1 Poetic Beginnings 3

2 Lord Byron: A Scandalous Ancestry 9

3 Annabella: Anglo-Saxon Attitudes 21

4 The Manor of Parallelograms 33

5 The Art of Flying 47

6 Love 57

7 Silken Threads 69

8 When Ada Met Charles 79

9 The Thinking Machine 85

10 Kinship 95

11 Mad Scientist 99

12 The Analytical Engine 113

13 The Jacquard Loom 131

14 A Mind with a View 149

15 Ada's Offer to Babbage 181

16 The Enchantress of Number 193

17 A Horrible Death 201

18 Redemption 229

Afterword 237

Sources 239

Further Reading 243

Acknowledgements 245

Index 247

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