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Lovelace, Ada King Countess of 1815-1852

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Works: 91 works in 138 publications in 5 languages and 8,193 library holdings
Genres: Biography  Records and correspondence  History  Artists' books  Portraits  Manuscripts 
Roles: Author
Classifications: QA29.L72, B
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Most widely held works by Ada King Lovelace
Ada Lovelace by Ada Lovelace ( Book )
2 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 27 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Ada's echo by Kelly Wellman ( Book )
1 edition published in 2001 in English and held by 9 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Ada, the enchantress of numbers : a selection from the letters of Lord Byron's daughter and her description of the first computer by Ada King Lovelace ( Book )
2 editions published in 1992 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Toole did research for more than eight years, burying herself in British archives and libraries to narrate and edit this extraordinary collection of letters written by Ada Lovelace. Not only do they outline Ada's ingenuity for the sciences, but they also enlighten us on all aspects of Lady Lovelace's multidimensional life: her passionate desire to flourish in a "man's world," her battle with drug addiction and chronic sickness, and her efforts as a mother and wife. Lovelace also had a reputation as a wild gambler and a lover. Ada was one of the first to write programs of instructions for Babbage's Analytical Engines, the famous precursors to the modern digital computer. Ada's letters are some of the classic founding documents of cybernetics and computer science, written nearly a century before ENIAC
Sketch of the analytical engine invented by Charles Babbage, Esq. by Luigi Federico Menabrea ( Book )
2 editions published in 1843 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Ada, the enchantress of numbers : prophet of the computer age, a pathway to the 21st century by Ada King Lovelace ( Book )
2 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Ashley Combe, to Mr. Crosse by Ada King Lovelace ( )
1 edition published in 1844 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide
Explaining that she has been ill and "just emerging from one of my miserable attacks of Gastritis (Gastric Fever);" telling him that "There is not only much that is akin, in principles & feelings, between our two minds, but there is just that difference & that peculiar adaptation of the differences in our characteristics, which would fit us to be of mutual benefit. The one could supply the deficiencies of the other; & the one could enhance the strong points of the other. I shall therefore by degrees communicate to you the whole of my present views & plans. I have done so to no other scientific person, as yet. I am too well aware what scientific perfidy is capable of, to say the truth. But that thought cannot come into consideration between you & me. On the other hand I know you will equally trust me. I need not say that respecting any thing derived from you, I should glory in acknowledging my debt, if in future writings in discoveries of my own I could point out those links of my chain which should be yours. Depend on it that two heads are better than one, (if they don't quarrel, always understood; & unluckily philosophers generally do quarrel.);" asking if he would send her "some of Corelli's music? I know you like it & perhaps I could pick out parts for the Harp."
Ashley-Combe, to Mr. Crosse by Ada King Lovelace ( )
1 edition published in 1844 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide
Thanking him for his note and discussing logistics for a visit and a reciprocal visit by her to Bromfield. Discussing, at length and in detail, her passion for Science; saying "...I am more than ever now the Bride of Science. Religion to me is Science, & Science is Religion. In that deeply felt truth, lies the secret of my intense devotion to the reading of God's natural works. It is reading Him, His Will, His Intelligence: & [illegible] again is learning to obey & to follow (to the best of our power) that Will! For he who reads, who interprets the Divinity with a true & simple heart then obeys & submits in acts & feelings as by an impulse & instructs. He can't help doing so. At least so it appears to me;" And when I behold the scientific, & so-called philosophers, full of selfish feelings & of the tendency to war against circumstances & Providence, I say to myself: They are not true priests. They are but half-prophets, if not absolutely false ones. They have read the great page simply with the physical eye, & with none of the spirit within. The intellectual, the moral, the religious, seem to me all naturally bound up & inter-linked together in one great & harmonious whole; and I hope to live to demonstrate this to mankind more forcibly than I think it is as yet felt in the world;" continuing, at length and in detail, to discuss the relationship between religion and science; concluding with a lengthy discussion of her "dreadful physical sufferings" that relate "chiefly with the digestive functions, of no common degree & kind. This has nothing to do with a weakly constitution, & in fact it appears to me to be the result of the fine-ness & intensity & power of my nervous system. So that in truth, my illness -- my weakness - is the result of my strength;" describing what her physical sufferings have taught her; thanking him for his understanding and telling him "How pleasant is it always to communicate with one who like you can understand what one says & feels, whether he agrees with it or not!"
Ashley-Combe, to Mr. Crosse by Ada King Lovelace ( )
1 edition published in 1843 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide
Saying she has sent him a "copy of the paper I lately published in Taylor's Scientific Memoirs;" commenting that she has "lived almost entirely secluded. Those who are in earnest & with single mind devoted to any great object in life, must find this occasionally inevitable; & when (as has been my case during the last 10 months), family affairs of a harassing & complicated description, & also very strange & uncertain states of health, are superadded to the first cause, you will not wonder at having heard nothing from me, because you have experience & candor enough to perceive & know that God has not given to us (in this state of existence) more than very limited powers of physical inter-communication & expression of one's ideas & feeling. Would that every thought of mine could be father to the expression of it, to the communication of it to other sentient & thinking beings!;" asking if he can visit and telling him that Mr. Babbage is "likely to be here at the time I mention;" adding that she will "be very desirous of again seeing you. You know what that means from me, & that it is no [illegible] or humbug, but the simple expression & result of the respect & attraction I feel for a mind that ventures to read direct in God's own book, & not merely thro' man's translation of that same vast & mighty work."
Ada, a life and a legacy by Dorothy Stein ( Book )
1 edition published in 1987 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide
The subject of this biography "was the daughter of Lord Byron ... based on her report on Charles Babbage's Analytical Engine, she is also generally regarded as the inventor of the science of computer programming"--P. [4] of cover
Ashley Combe, to Mr. Crosse by Ada King Lovelace ( )
1 edition published in 1844 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide
Explaining that she might have to postpone his visit as she is "going on in all the wrong way, I am sorry to say. Last night in the middle of the night, I had a seizure of Angina Pectoris & I am so knocked to pieces that I doubt much if I can put my plans in execution at the time fixed. At the same time, I often alter very rapidly; & become quite myself & well even in a very few hours;" adding "It is mortal agony, for the time-being.--I have it occasionally."
Ockham Park, to Mr. Crosse by Ada King Lovelace ( )
in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide
Apologizing for taking so long to reply; saying that she is "in a very musical phase (which you will not be sorry to hear), and I am giving a good deal of time to it;" commenting that his "account & diagram of the apparatus seems promising. Have you yet actually put it into operation:" saying that "Dr. Carpenter will be very much interested in the progress of this renewed experiment. We talk of trying it ourselves now shortly but we find many difficulties & that to test the results with any certainty necessitates a quantity & sort of preparation and of appareil altogether, which only exists in an established laboratory;" It is not yet certain that Dr. Carpenter will permanently remain with us; & this still-existing doubt has made us delay many things we may perhaps do if he does remain;" saying that her health has improved; crediting her improved health to his suggestions when she was at Bromfield; asking if he has heard "any more about Mesmerism? And what are your present opinions upon it? I quite agree with you that your best & ... refuge from all troubles is in your Science. That is a great soother of agitated feelings, & in this respect you are indeed a fortunate person. I generally see indeed that there is compensation of some kind or other, in all situations; & I think lots are very even in this world on the whole;" sending her regards to Mrs. Crosse
Ashley Combe, to Mr. Crosse by Ada King Lovelace ( )
1 edition published in 1844 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide
Explaining that she thinks it best to send him the documents now "& not delay showing them until we meet. I am anxious that we should try the experiments mentioned; & you may require a little preparation possibly for that purpose;" discussing the experiments she would like to undertake and the areas she would like to study; mentioning specifically "an experiment with the muscles of frogs;" expressing the desire "to make a battery described in the 13th No. of the Archives de l'Electricité, p. 160;" adding that she is "anxious to consult him "about the most convenient & manageable & portable forms for obtaining constantly-acting batteries; not great intensity but continual & interrupted action. Some of my own views make it necessary for me to use electricity as my prime-minister, in order to test certain points experimentally as to the nature & putting-together (con-sti-tu-tion) of the molecules of matter. It is therefore a great object to me to get effective & ever-ready electrical agents at my disposal; & to become skilful in manipulating with these. By eventually bringing high Analysis to bear on my experimental studies, I hope one day to do much!"
Carl H. Pforzheimer collection of Shelley and his circle : by Carl H Pforzheimer ( )
in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide
The Collection also includes: diaries of Shelley's cousin and first love, Harriet Grove; the suicide letter of Harriet Westbrooke Shelley, the poet's first wife; ca. 100 letters and other items of Shelley's Oxford friend Thomas Jefferson Hogg; diaries and ca. 35 letters of Mary Shelley's step-sister Claire Clairmont; ca. 100 items relating to Horace and James Smith; 40 letters and manuscripts of Thomas Medwin; over 130 items of Margaret King Moore (Lady Mount Cashell); 25 letters of Jane Williams; and 2 letters, a fair copy manuscript, and other items by Edward Williams, all friends of Shelley
Clifton, to Mr. Crosse by Ada King Lovelace ( )
1 edition published in 1843 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide
Letting him know that "circumstances have taken me away from Ashley at present, & that my return is uncertain. I am now with my mother; & I may return perhaps in a fortnight, or it may be longer;" asking what he and his son would like to do with regard to their visit; expressing her disappointment at missing him
Ashley Combe, to "my dear Babbage" by Ada King Lovelace ( )
1 edition published in 1844 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide
Concerning an article she is submitting to the Quarterly that she is insisting must be allotted 60 pages; adding that she prefers that they think she is a male writer; asking if he could get her a copy of Dr. Thomas Young's Lectures; saying she has "read the 'Vestiges' & I wish to review it for the July No. of the Edinburgh. Have you any friend who could negociate [sic] this for me with the ruling powers of the Edinburgh, exactly as Lyell is doing for the Quarterly; I being strictly incognito, until & unless my production be accepted, & my sex not to be hinted at;" explaining that she feels confident she can work on the review and her work for him at the same time and that "Lord L-- also is of the impression that I can write two things at once far more easily than only one. This is a peculiarity of my mind which I think you will easily understand;" adding that she does "not suppose even you can be aware of the powerful & yet graceful analysis I have it in view to develop of your engine; or of the magic force with which I expect to bring facts & ideas from the North, the South, the East, and the West, to contribute towards my successful painting of your invention;" I consider that I am to paint your engine before the eyes & minds of men; & that mine will be an Artist's as well as Analyst's labour;" suggesting that she needs to visit him and "see what your people are now about;" listing the information she would like him to prepare for her in advance of her visit; concluding that it is her "object to make my Article such as will suit both the unlearned & the learned."
Ashley-Combe, to [Charles Babbage?] by Ada King Lovelace ( )
1 edition published in 1844 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide
Expressing her happiness at receiving his letter; saying that "a startled conscience so easily takes fright. I knew that in some respects, I had deserved to have sunk in your esteem and confidence; consequently every little circumstance has appeared to me a proof that I had done so. You may accept my thanks; but forgiveness is uncalled for. Nothing can be more natural & explicable than what has occurred. You do not say however that you will again come & pass some time with us here; perhaps next year. And yet, day by day, as I walk up & down the Babbage terrace, do I think of this;" discussing what he said about Sir D. Brewster and asking if he would "transmit to him the following observations: viz: that I feel rather sorry he is going to write on the Engine, because I have had a kind of [illegible] intention of addressing him (during some weeks past), to consult him about writing for the Edinburgh, an account of the engine, which should be founded on the Article in it of 1835, & on Menabrea's Paper (with my Note); but which should also embrace several points of view not considered in those two publications. I should much like Sir D.N. to know this. Not that I want, for the world, to interfere with anything he has undertaken. If Sir David could indicate to me some other scientific Article, likely to be acceptable to the Edinburgh, I would at once undertake it, if it is a subject I should feel myself competent to treat as yet. Perhaps he could suggest to me a choice. I rather think some physiological topics would suit me as well as any."
East Horsley Park, to Robert Noel by Ada King Lovelace ( )
in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide
Expressing concern that he had not received her letter; hoping that she and her mother will see him "tomorrow" or on Sunday
England by George Gordon Byron Byron ( )
in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide
A collection of autograph letters from Lord Byron, Lady Byron, their friends and family. Letters in the collection are described in individual records (MA 52.1-78). With xx engraved portraits of Byron and Lady Byron
The rainbow, a literary gift ( Book )
1 edition published in 1835 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide
"Ockham Park", to an unidentified Lord by Ada King Lovelace ( )
in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide
Expressing her concern that a letter she sent to him at Mansfield Street should have been sent to Whitehall Yard; asking that he let her know if it was received
 
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Byron Ada
Byron, Ada 1815-1852
Byron, Ada Augusta 1815-1852
Byron Augusta Ada
Byron, Augusta Ada 1815-1852
King, Ada 1815-1852
King, Ada 1815-1852 Countess of Lovelace
King, Ada, Countess of Lovelace, 1815-1852
King, Augusta Ada 1815-1852
King, Augusta Ada 1815-1852 Countess of Lovelace
King, Augusta Ada, Countess of Lovelace, 1815-1852
Lovelace, Ada, 1815-1852
Lovelace, Ada Augusta of 1815-1852
Lovelace, Ada K. of 1815-1852
Lovelace, Ada King 1815-1852 Countess of
Lovelace, Ada King, Countess of, 1815-1852
Lovelace, Ada King of 1815-1852
Lovelace, Augusta Ada King 1815-1852
Lovelace, Augusta Ada King 1815-1852 Countess of
Lovelace, Augusta Ada King, Countess of, 1815-1852
Lovelace, Augusta Ada of 1815-1852
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