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The bride of science : romance, reason, and Byron's daughter

Author: Benjamin Woolley
Publisher: New York : McGraw-Hill, ©1999.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Known in her day as the "Enchantress of Numbers," Ada Lovelace was one of the most fascinating women of the 19th century. She rubbed elbows with many of the brightest scientific lights of her day, including the brilliant experimentalists Michael Faraday and Andrew Crosse - arguably the model for Mary Shelley's Dr. Frankenstein. She was the protege of the "Queen of Nineteenth-Century Science," Mary Somerville. And,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
History
Named Person: Ada King Lovelace, Countess of; Ada King Lovelace, Countess of
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Benjamin Woolley
ISBN: 0071373292 9780071373296
OCLC Number: 45585834
Notes: Originally published: London : Macmillan, 1999.
Description: viii, 416 p. : ill., ports. ; 24 cm.
Contents: A Thing of Dark Imaginings --
Wanting One Sweet Weakness --
Man's Dangerous Asset --
The Devil's Drawing Room --
A Deep Romantic Chasm --
The Deformed Transformed --
A Completely Professional Person --
The Death of Romance --
Clinging to a Phantom --
Beyond the Shallow Senses.
Responsibility: Benjamin Woolley.
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"Known in her day as the "Enchantress of Numbers," Ada Lovelace was one of the most fascinating women of the 19th century. She rubbed elbows with many of the brightest scientific lights of her day, including the brilliant experimentalists Michael Faraday and Andrew Crosse - arguably the model for Mary Shelley's Dr. Frankenstein. She was the protege of the "Queen of Nineteenth-Century Science," Mary Somerville. And, with mathematician Charles Babbage, inventor of the Analytical Engine - the mechanical "thinking machine" that anticipated the modern computer by more than a century - she developed a set of instructions for mechanically calculating Bernoulli numbers, in effect, creating the first computer program. In recognition of her accomplishment, the U.S. Department of Defense, in 1980, named its standard programming language "Ada," thus, nearly one hundred and thirty years after her death, granting her the immortality she so craved." "Yet, as journalist Benjamin Woolley reveals in this portrait of this woman, Ada was far from being the cool and dispassionate exemplar of the modern scientific spirit." "The Bride of Science is both the story of a life lived passionately and an intriguing rumination on the death of Romanticism and the birth of the Machine Age, offering profound insights into the seemingly irreconcilable gulf between art and science that persists to this day."--Jacket.

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