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Ada Lovelace: The Programmer, the Maths, and the Myths

26 October @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

£5

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Ada Lovelace is widely celebrated as “the first programmer”, the “enchantress of numbers” whose unique “poetical science” enabled her to make startling predictions about modern computing in a famous 1843 paper about Charles Babbage’s proposed analytical engine.

In this talk, Professor Ursula Martin (CBE FRSE, University of Oxford) will separate fact from myth, talk about what the famous paper actually says, and look at Lovelace as a member of a dynamic community of nineteenth century British scientists.

In particular, she will high-light recent work on Lovelace’s mathematical “correspondence course” with Augustus De Morgan, which shows a sophisticated mathematical education and understanding, enabling her to write the paper and pursue many other mathematical and scientific interests.

The event is open to all but aimed at a 16+ audience.

Time: 6:30pm

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This event is part of our October 2017 festival ‘Computing History: Where did all the Women Go?

Details

Date:
26 October
Time:
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Cost:
£5
Event Category:

Organizer

Centre for Computing History
Phone:
01223 214446
Email:
lisa@computinghistory.org.uk
Website:
http://www.computinghistory.org.uk

Venue

Centre for Computing History
1 Rene Court, Coldhams Road,
Cambridge, Cambridgeshire CB1 3EW
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Phone:
01223 214446
Website:
http://www.computinghistory.org.uk

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