The Scientific Life of Ada Lovelace
Some say that she is the mother of Computing, to others she's a historical curiosity, Ursula Martin unpicks the life of Ada Lovelace. Ada, Countess of Lovelace, was born Ada Byron on 10 December 1815, and died, after a long and painful illness, in 1852. The daughter of the poet Lord Byron, and his wife Annabella (nee Milbanke), she married in 1833 William King, who was created Earl of Lovelace in 1838.
Ada Lovelace is famous for a paper published in 1843, which translated and considerably extended a work by Luigi Menabrea about a general-purpose computer designed by Charles Babbage, his unbuilt analytical engine. The substantial appendices written by Ada Lovelace contain an account of the principles of the machine, and a table displaying how it might compute the Bernoulli numbers, often described as "the first computer programme".
Ursula Martin is currently Professor of Computer Science at the University of Oxford. She holds an EPSRC Established Career Fellowship. Prior to this she held a chair of Computer Science in the School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science at Queen Mary University of London. (from gresham.ac.uk)
|The Scientific Life of Ada Lovelace|
|Charles Babbage and Ada Lovelace
Ada, Countess of Lovelace (1815-1852), daughter of Lord Byron and a close friend of Babbage, produced a perceptive commentary on the powers and potential of the analytical engine.
|Calculating Ada: The Countess of Computing
Ada Lovelace was a most unlikely computer pioneer. In this film, Dr. Hannah Fry tells the story of Ada's remarkable life.
|Ada Lovelace: Mathematician and Visionary
University of Oxford Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science Ursula Martin, Ada Lovelace biographer Dr. Betty Toole, and retired engineer and Charles Babbage expert Tim Robinson will critically explore the complexities of Ada Lovelace within the scope of each of their fields of expertise.
|In Our Time, Ada Lovelace
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the 19th century mathematician Ada Lovelace. Ada Lovelace has been called many things - the first computer programmer and a prophet of the computer age - but most poetically perhaps by Babbage himself as an 'enchantress of numbers'.
|The Machine that Changed the World
This is a 1992 documentary series on the history of electronic digital computers, from the dawn of the computer in the 1800s to the early 1990s.