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The Bride of Science: Romance, Reason and Byron's Daughter Paperback – 6 Oct 2000
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Romantic heroine and computer pioneer: the remarkable story of Lord Byron's daughter.
Romantic heroine and computer pioneer, this is a remarkable story of Lord Byron's daughter. Ada Lovelace, the daughter of Lord Byron was born in 1815 just after the Battle of Waterloo, and died aged 36, soon after the Great Exhibition of 1851. She was connected with some of the most influential and colourful characters of the age including: Charles Dickens, Michael Faraday, Charles Darwin and Charles Babbage. It was her work with Babbage that led to her being credited with the invention of computer programming and to her name being adopted for the programming language that controls the US military machine. However, what makes her story so fascinating is the way she personified the seismic historical changes taking place. This was the era when fissures began to open up in culture: romance split away from reason, instinct from intellect, and, art from science. Ada came to embody these new polarities. "Woolley has a great story to tell and does it with racy vigour." - Maggie Gee, "Daily Telegraph". "A splendid and enthralling portrait." - Miranda Seymour, "Sunday Times". "An amazing story" - Ruth Padel, "The Independent". "An entertaining and thoughtful biography," - "The Guardian".See all Product description
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My copy of the book was second-hand and the early pages were thumbed, but the greater part of the book seemed to be unopened, so maybe the first owner also had problems with the nobility.
But the book is not particularly well written and the (sometimes strong) opinions of the author are not always fully justified. The appendix of "Notes and Further Reading" is very weak: far from all references in the text to articles, books or whatever - and much less to cited facts - are listed in the Notes; those references that are given do not include page numbers or publisher details.
Ultimately, the book was unsatisfying: I learned a lot that I did not know before, but far too much was left unsaid and unresolved. An opportunity lost to draw a really convincing picture of a complex character!
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