ADA Lovelace: First Computer Programmer by Amy HayesInside this volume, readers learn about the life of the first computer programmer, Ada Lovelace. This book covers Lovelaces early childhood, as the highly intelligent and inquisitive daughter of famous poet Lord Byron, as well as her forays into developing the first computer program, over a hundred years before computers as we know them were in use. Readers will learn how Lovelaces work set the stage for other computer pioneers and how it still impacts us today. This engaging biography pairs information-rich text with vivid artwork to give readers a firm grasp on Lovelaces life and legacy. Sidebars and a timeline provide additional information. This biography is an excellent supplement to both STEM instruction and history curricula.
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Their marriage lasted little more than a year, and Ada never met her father. To counteract the "dangerous" mental tendencies of Ada's father, Annabella emphasized music, French, and mathematics in her daughter's studies. This last subject particularly appealed to Ada. In Ada Lovelace met the mathematician Charles Babbage , who had designed a calculating machine called the Difference Engine. Lovelace was inspired by the prototype of the Difference Engine and became Babbage's lifelong friend. Babbage had a new project in mind, a much more-advanced machine, the Analytical Engine.
Alongside a scientific career, Ada Lovelace right had three children. The mathematician Anna Siffert left believes that balancing a family with a research career is still a challenge for many women scientists today. Shortly after her birth, her parents' marriage is already over. Out of fear that Ada might inherit the stormy and unpredictable temper of her poet father, the mathematically talented Annabella, once called 'the princess of parallelograms' by Byron, makes sure that her daughter receives a scientific education. But the love for machines is the foundation of Ada Lovelace's later friendship with mathematician Charles Babbage, whom she meets at a reception when she is
Ada showed her gift for mathematics at an early age. She translated an article on an invention by Charles Babbage, and added her own comments. Because she introduced many computer concepts, Ada is considered the first computer programmer. Ada died on November 27, Lady Byron separated from her husband only weeks after their daughter was born. A few months later, Lord Byron left England, and Ada never saw her father again.
She was the first to recognise that the machine had applications beyond pure calculation, and published the first algorithm intended to be carried out by such a machine. As a result, she is sometimes regarded as the first to recognise the full potential of a " computing machine " and one of the first computer programmers. Lovelace was the only legitimate child of poet Lord Byron and his wife Lady Byron. He commemorated the parting in a poem that begins, "Is thy face like thy mother's my fair child! Her mother remained bitter and promoted Ada's interest in mathematics and logic in an effort to prevent her from developing her father's perceived insanity. Despite this, Ada remained interested in Byron.