Ada Byron Lovelace and the Thinking Machine
Laurie Wallmark. Illustrated by April Chu. 2015. 40p. Grades 1‑3.
Ada Lovelace was the daughter of renowned poet Lord Byron, but, like her mother, Lady Byron, she was fascinated by mathematics. At 17, Lovelace met Charles Babbage, a mathematician and inventor who was developing plans for an analytical engine, the precursor of the modern computer. She saw the great possibilities in Babbage’s invention, realizing the almost limitless potential of such a device. Lovelace later wrote an algorithm for the analytical device, which is regarded as the world’s first computer program.
Gorgeous illustrations portray Victorian England with glowing and detailed depictions of period dress and architecture. Equally impressive is the precision of the illustrations of the machines and mathematical calculations that Lovelace and Babbage created. Fun visual details include a charming house cat that seems to like mathematics just as much as Lovelace!Check Availability