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5.0 out of 5 stars Bringing the past to Life!, 27 Dec. 2013
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This review is from: Ada's Algorithm: How Lord Byron's Daughter Ada Lovelace Launched the Digital Age (Hardcover)
Mr. Essinger has taken on the difficult task of producing an interesting, very readable book from the unlikely subjects of a fiendishly complicated calculating machine, its inventor the 19th century mathematician Charles Babbage, and a largely unknown heroine Ada Lovelace, daughter of Lord Byron.....and he has succeeded admirably. Few of us today have ever heard of Charles Babbage, let alone Ada Lovelace, a brilliant mathematician in her own right who became Babbages's friend, confidante and collaborator. She, alone, was able to see the enormous future potential of his calculating machine, far beyond mathematics. Sadly, the machine was never built during their lifetimes due to the enormous expense involved and Babbage's poor public relations skills in his approaches to Sir Robert Peel, the Prime Minister of the day, but there is no doubt that their combined genius laid the groundwork for modern-day computing.
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