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)

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


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)