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The Scientific Life of Ada Lovelace – a talk by Professor Ursula Martin CBE FREng FRSE DSc

8 October 2019 @ 5:45 pm - 8:00 pm

Free
The scientific life of Ada Lovelace – a talk for Ada Lovelace Day 2019 by Professor Ursula Martin CBE FREng FRSE DSc

Ada, Countess of Lovelace (1815-1852) is best known for a remarkable article about Babbage’s unbuilt computer, the Analytical Engine, which not only presented the first documented computer program, but also, going well beyond Babbage’s ideas of computers as manipulating numbers, outlined their creative possibilities and the limits of what they could do.The comprehensive archive of Lovelace’s papers preserved in Oxford’s Bodleian Library displays Lovelace’s wide scientific interests, and her grasp of the potential of mathematics as a uniting link between the material and symbolic worlds.

In this talk we start to explore Lovelace, her background, her scientific ideas and her contemporary legacy, and reflective more broadly on the role of history of computing in present day thinking about the discipline

Professor Ursula Martin CBE FREng FRSE DSc is Professor of Computer Science at the University of Edinburgh, and a Visiting Professor in Mathematics at the University of Oxford. After a career in research and research leadership spanning many aspects of computing and mathematics, she now works on the context, long term development and impact of fundamental ideas in computer science
Programme for the event:
  • 5.45pm – 6pm: Arrive at the venue
  • 6pm – 6.45pm: The scientific life of Ada Lovelace – talk by Professor Ursula Martin
  • 6.45pm – 7pm: Audience Q&A
  • 7pm – 8pm: Drinks and nibbles reception
  • 8pm: Event close

This talk is part of a day of activities at the University of Edinburgh to celebrate Women in STEM for Ada Lovelace Day 2019.

For more details please visit our Ada Lovelace Day website.

Details

Date:
8 October 2019
Time:
5:45 pm - 8:00 pm
Cost:
Free
Event Category:

Organizer

Ewan McAndrew
Phone:
0044 7719330076
Email:
ewan.mcandrew@ed.ac.uk
Website:
https://thinking.is.ed.ac.uk/ada-lovelace-day/

Venue

University of Edinburgh, Informatics Forum
10 Crichton Street
Edinburgh, Scotland EH8 9AB United Kingdom
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