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The thrilling adventures of Lovelace and Babbage : with interesting & curious anecdotes of celebrated and distinguished characters fully illustrating a variety of instructive and amusing scenes ; as performed within and without the remarkable difference engine

Author: Sydney Padua
Publisher: New York : Pantheon Books, [2015] ©2015
Edition/Format:   Print book : Mixed form : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Meet Victorian London's most dynamic duo: Charles Babbage, the unrealized inventor of the computer, and his accomplice, Ada, Countess of Lovelace, the peculiar protoprogrammer and daughter of Lord Byron. When Lovelace translated a description of Babbage's plans for an enormous mechanical calculating machine in 1842, she added annotations three times longer than the original work. Her footnotes contained the first  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Comic books, strips, etc
Fiction
Graphic novels
History
Humor
Tecknade serier
Biography Comic books, strips, etc
Named Person: Ada King Lovelace, Countess of; Ada King Lovelace, Countess of; Charles Babbage; Charles Babbage; Charles Babbage; Ada King Lovelace, Countess of; Ada King Lovelace; Charles Babbage
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Sydney Padua
ISBN: 9780307908278 0307908275 0307908283 9780307908285
OCLC Number: 869881357
Notes: "The (mostly) true story of the first computer"--Jacket.
Description: 315 pages : chiefly illustrations ; 26 cm
Contents: Ada Lovelace: The secret origin! --
The pocket universe --
The person from Porlock --
Lovelace & Babbage vs. the client! --
Primary sources --
Lovelace and Babbage vs. the economic model! --
Luddites! --
User experience! --
Mr. Boole comes to tea --
Imaginary quantities --
Appendix I: Some amusing primary documents --
Appendix II: The analytical engine.
Responsibility: Sydney Padua.
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Meet Victorian London's most dynamic duo: Charles Babbage, the unrealized inventor of the computer, and his accomplice, Ada, Countess of Lovelace, the peculiar protoprogrammer and daughter of Lord Byron. When Lovelace translated a description of Babbage's plans for an enormous mechanical calculating machine in 1842, she added annotations three times longer than the original work. Her footnotes contained the first appearance of the general computing theory, a hundred years before an actual computer was built. Sadly, Lovelace died of cancer a decade after publishing the paper, and Babbage never built any of his machines. But do not despair! The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage presents a rollicking alternate reality in which Lovelace and Babbage do build the Difference Engine and then use it to build runaway economic models, battle the scourge of spelling errors, explore the wilder realms of mathematics, and, of course, fight crime -- for the sake of both London and science. Complete with extensive footnotes that rival those penned by Lovelace herself, historical curiosities, and never-before-seen diagrams of Babbage's mechanical, steam-powered computer.

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