The Origin of Ada Lovelace

I’ve always appreciated knowing of Ada Lovelace, the world’s first computer programmer, because notable scientific women are still rare. I don’t know much about her life, though.

I don’t think Ada Lovelace: The Origin!, by Sydney Padua, will help in that direction, but boy, did I laugh!

The idea that she was taught mathematics to avoid her “becoming poetical” is probably right, come to think of it. And I found the Twitter joke hilarious. That’s also why my friend David sent it to me, since he doesn’t get the fun of tweeting.

Ada Lovelace Twitters

2-D Goggles is going on my reading list right now! There are more adventures of Lovelace and Babbage there.


7 Responses to “The Origin of Ada Lovelace”

  1. Ed Sizemore Says:

    That’s hysterical. I loved it. I knew about Babbage, but not Lovelace. Now I’m going to have to go read a biography of her.

  2. david brothers Says:

    The look on her face when she realizes that Twitter doesn’t exist yet is wonderful. This was a great find.

  3. Kelson Says:

    Fantastic! I’m definitely going to have to read more of this!

    Trivia item: Ada Lovelace has a programming language named for her: Ada. Sadly, it wasn’t used to create Twitter.

  4. Fleen: Enjoy Our Semi-Abusive Opinion Mongering » No, For Real This Time Says:

    [...] My friend Brett sent me a link to a webcomic I’ve been enjoying the crap out of the last couple days: the experimental series known as 2D Goggles goes all difference engine on us with the totally awesome adventures of Ada, Lady Lovelace. Thrills! Spills! Swashbuckling adventure! And Babbage totally hates musicians, as confirmed by a completely different creator! Start at that first link and work your way forward as Ada kicks so much ass and Twitters about it (and fie! Fie, I say, upon Johanna Draper Carlson for finding it before I did). [...]

  5. 4thletter! » Blog Archive » Staying Wide Awake With Ada Lovelace Says:

    [...] Johanna Draper-Carlson wrote a post about another new webcomic. 2D Goggles is a comic about Ada Lovelace and Charles Babbage, Grandparents of modern computing. It’s a fun little ditty about equations, numbers, and science, but manages to be amazingly entertaining despite all of the gross science involved. [...]

  6. Joseph Wexler Says:

    Was Ada Lord Byron’s daughter?

  7. Johanna Says:

    Yes. According to Wikipedia, “She was the only legitimate child of the poet Lord Byron but had no relationship with her father, who died when she was nine. … Her mother’s obsession with rooting out any of the insanity of which she accused Lord Byron was one of the reasons that Lovelace was taught mathematics from an early age.” That’s my favorite part of her story. Math as a cure for insanity!




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