Ada King, Countess of Lovelace, was more than just another mathematician.
Watercolor portrait of Ada King, Countess of Lovelace by Alfred Edward Chalon via Wikimedia
Lovelace was a prodigious math talent who learned from the giants of her time, but her linguistic and creative abilities were also important in her invention of computer programming.
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Portrait of Ada Lovelace – mathematician and poet.
Alfred Edward Chalon/Wikipedia
Poets and scientists don’t occupy separate poles in the quest to understand the universe. In many ways, they sing from the same hymn sheet.
‘Design for a giant crossbow.’
Leonardo da Vinci
As Leonardo da Vinci found centuries ago, scholars of art, design, engineering and science can work together for mutual benefit.
Science demonstration at the Royal Institution.
Lovelace showed great insight into her subject and for that she’s still a hero to others.
Ada Lovelace circa 1842, daguerreotype by Antoine Claudet.
Reproduced by permission of G C Bond
This extraordinary individual defied the constraints of her time and gave a remarkable and farseeing account of computation.
Music or maths, or both?
If computer pioneer Ada Lovelace had strong women role models even in her day, we must ensure women continue to do so today.
We need women pioneers of computing more often than every 200 years.
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