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Centre for Computing History

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1 Rene Court, Coldhams Road,
Cambridge, Cambridgeshire CB1 3EW
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October 2017

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

26 October @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Centre for Computing History, 1 Rene Court, Coldhams Road,
Cambridge, Cambridgeshire CB1 3EW
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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…

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