Wednesday, March 21, 2018

017: Ada Lovelace


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Ada Lovelace saw and interpreted the world in a way that made the Analytic Engine truly amazing: she saw numbers everywhere. She imagined a Victorian steam-powered computer age that never happened. 

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The Difference Engine

Above, Figure of Difference Engine (source)



Above, Difference Engine #2, fully constructed (2002) (source)
11 feet long, made of 8,000 parts, weighs five tons


Above, Difference Engine model in use (source)
WATCH THIS IT'S MESMERIZING

Analytic Engine


Above, Figure of Analytic Engine ( (source)


Jacquard Loom



Above, worker using Jacquard loom
Punch-card inputs above the worker's head input the complex weave design

Conceiving Ada



SOURCES: 

Calculating Ada: Countess of Computing (2015) (source)

Scientific Memoirs: Selected Transactions of Foreign Academics of Sciences and Learned Societies, and from Foreign Journals edited by Richard Taylor (1843) (source)

Charles Babbage Biography (source)

Annabella, Lady Noel-Byron: A Study of Lady Byron on Education by Brian W. Taylor (1998) (source)