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The first book to reveal the intensity of the relationship between Charles Babbage and Ada Lovelace; an outstanding contribution to hostorical STEM literature. The names Charles Babbage and Ada Lovelace are synonymous with pioneering computer science and engineering, their work on the Analytical Engine shifting paradigms and sparking the advent of the computer age in which our society is now based. The one seemingly a stereotypically repressed Englishman, while the other would become an early feminist icon. Without Ada there would have been no Charles, and it is through their ever-strengthening friendship that history was made. Here, James Essinger lays bear the fascinating story of the gradually intensifying friendship that formed between Charles and Ada, interweaving it with tales of their outstanding professional collaboration. Using personal letters to and from the duo, the true feelings behind their unique friendship are revealed for the first time, adding personality, warmth and passion to the partnership that changed the world. AUTHOR: James Essinger is an established author of narrative non-fiction books focusing on STEM subjects and personalities. These include 'Ada's Algorithm: How Lord Byron's Daughter Launched the Digital Age Through the Poetry of Numbers' (1600+ on Nielsen), which has been optioned for film by Monumental Pictures (screenplay is complete). He lives in Canterbury. 16 b/w illustrations

 

Details

ISBN: 9780750990950
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 256
Publication Date: 22 Aug 2019
Publisher: The History Press Ltd
Publication City, Country: Stroud, United Kingdom
Dimensions (cm): 23.4(H) x 15.6(L)

 

Reviews

"A fine new Lovelace biography... We need her as a symbol...of all the women who have contributed to the progress of science and technology, and of all the women who might have contributed if given the chance." --Slate on Ada's Algorith
"A portrait of a particularly fascinating woman." --Jezebel on Ada's Algorith
"A tantalizing topic... The story of a society proceeding irrevocably but ambivalently into the modern age, enthralled by advances in science and technology, adapting to new social mores, and yet still beholden to many antiquated traditions." --Wall Street Journal on Ada's Algorith
"Engrossing." --New York Times Book Review on Ada's Algorithm
"Essinger is a terrific storyteller, and he knows a great story when he sees it. Ada's Algorithm is a riveting read." --American Scientist on Ada's Algorith
"Irresistible ... If more people could have understood Babbage's machine the way Lovelace did -- indeed, if they had not all but ignored her paper, perhaps because the author was a woman -- computing might have had a far earlier start." --Chicago Tribune on Ada's Algorith

 

Author Biography

JAMES ESSINGER is the author of many non-fiction books that focus on STEM subjects and personalities, including Frankie: The Woman Who Saved Millions from Thalidomide (The History Press) and Ada's Algorithm (Gibson Square), which has been optioned for a film. He lives in Canterbury.

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