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Ada Lovelace: The Computer Wizard of Victorian England (Who Was...?) [Paperback]

Lucy Lethbridge
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20 May 2004 Who Was...?
Daughter of the poet Lord Byron, Ada Lovelace was a child prodigy. Brilliant at maths, she read numbers like most people read words. In 1834 she came to the attention of scientist Charles Babbage, who had just built an amazing 'thinking machine'. Thus began a remarkable collaboration in the invention of computer. Ages 10+.

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  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Short Books Ltd; New edition edition (20 May 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1904095763
  • ISBN-13: 978-1904095767
  • Product Dimensions: 12.4 x 19.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 403,637 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"An extraordinarily readable and compact biography of the Victorian mathematical genius Ada Lovelace..." -- BfK No.140, SU, May 2003

"Never has a gap in the market been wider. These are exactly what children traditionally love to read." -- Evening Standard, Gill Hornby

"Remarkably informative and lots of fun, these excellent little books pack a big punch." -- Philip Ardagh --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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WINNER of the prestigious Blue Peter Book Award: "Best Book With Facts 2002" --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Ada Lovelace 22 Jan 2003
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I am a primary school teacher and I bought this book mainly for my own information as I like to learn how Victorian women helped to give me the life I lead today. I found it really interesting and read it in an afternoon.As I found it so interesting I asked one of my pupils to read it. She is 11 yrs and with excellent computer skills. This girl read it over 2 days(allowing time for homework)and said it was interesting in two ways. First of all how the computer was invented and how life was different then. My pupil did not believe anyone could have SUCH an interest in maths.
This book is a well deserved Blue Peter prize winner and child historians or number buffs MUST read it.
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2.0 out of 5 stars For kids 3 Dec 2009
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Perhaps it should have been obvious from the previous review, but I think it's still worrth pointing out to potential buyers: this book is a thin, fairly large print book for children or young teenagers.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ada Lovelace 28 Jan 2013
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A delightful little book. This book is all about Ada unlike a lot of the books about her. So many others spend far too much time on the well-known men in her life.
2.0 out of 5 stars ...a waste of time 26 Jun 2014
By WeeWood - Published on
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A scattershot attempt at biography about an interesting person, skimpy with details and superficial about them. A waste of my time.
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