Back to home page - News From Nowhere Radical & Community Bookshop
news from nowhere
Liverpool's Radical & Community Bookshop
not-for-profit · a worker's co-operative · committed to social change
Search for & order any book in print:
(goes to our order website)

featured book: New Books - Women / Feminism,

This book appears in the following booklists

in categories:Environment & Animal Rights, Feminism & Women, Media & Culture,

Order this book online - this link leads to our secure order website which will indicate how long the book will take to order.

(Availability of '24-48 hours' means our wholesaler has stock - we place orders 2-3 times a week & receive the books next day.)

(Availability of '7-10 days' or 'Special Order' means we order direct from the publisher - order times vary, many supply within 10 days.)

Phone us: 0151 708 7270

enquire about this book

Mail order, postage & payment information

more about ordering books

Ada's Algorithm: How Lord Byron's Daughter Launched the Digital Age Through the Poetry of Numbers

by James Essinger
£9.99   paperback  Gibson Square Books Ltd (2016)

Ada Over 150 years after her death, a widely-used scientific computer program was named Ada, after Ada Lovelace, the only legitimate daughter of the eighteenth century s version of a rock star, Lord Byron. Why? Because, after computer pioneers such as Alan Turing began to rediscover her, it slowly became apparent that she had been a key but overlooked figure in the invention of the computer.

In Ada's Algorithm James Essinger makes the case that the computer age could have started two centuries ago if Lovelace s contemporaries had recognized her research and fully grasped its implications. It s a remarkable tale, starting with the outrageous behavior of her father, which made Ada instantly famous upon birth. Ada would go on to overcome numerous obstacles to obtain a level of education typically forbidden to women of her day. She would eventually join forces with Charles Babbage, generally credited with inventing the computer, although as Essinger makes clear, Babbage couldn t have done it without Lovelace. Indeed, Lovelace wrote what is today considered the world s first computer program despite opposition that the principles of science were beyond the strength of a woman s physical power of application.

Based on ten years of research and filled with fascinating characters and observations of the period, not to mention numerous illustrations, Essinger tells Ada s fascinating story in unprecedented detail to absorbing and inspiring effect.

ISBN 13: 9781783340712 | ISBN 10: 1783340711