The Bride of Science: Romance, Reason, and Byron's Daughter

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9780071388603: The Bride of Science: Romance, Reason, and Byron's Daughter

"[A] colorful cast of luminaries and rogues . . . This biography provides an intriguing glimpse into the beginnings of computer science and a reminder that character is destiny."­­Wall Street Journal Known in her day as an "enchantress of numbers," Ada Byron, Lady Lovelace, daughter of the poet Lord Byron, was one of the most fascinating women of the 19th century. In collaboration with Charles Babbage, inventor of the mechanical "thinking machine" that anticipated by more than a century the invention of the computer, Ada devised a method of using punch cards to calculate Bernoulli numbers and thus became the mother of computer programming. It was in her honor that, in 1980, the U.S. Department of Defense named its computer language "Ada." In this critically acclaimed biography, Benjamin Woolley, author of The Queen's Conjurer, portrays Ada Byron's life as the embodiment of the schism between the worlds of romanticism and scientific rationalism. He describes how Ada's efforts to bridge these opposites with a "poetical science" was the driving force behind one of the most remarkable careers of the Victorian Age.

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Born of a sensational, tumultuous marriage, torn apart by the opposing passions of science and art, she was destined for disaster­­and immortality.

"A splendid and enthralling portrait."

­­The Sunday Times (London)

"It's a thriller."

­­New Scientist

"She had education, wealth and plenty of talent. Yet her life ended in ruin... This biography provides an intriguing glimpse into the beginnings of computer science and a reminder that character is destiny."

--The Wall Street Journal

Known in her day as the "Enchantress of Numbers," Ada Lovelace was one of the most fascinating women of the 19th century. With mathematician Charles Babbage, inventor of the Analytical Engine, she developed a set of instructions for mechanically calculating Bernoulli numbers, in effect, creating the first computer program. In recognition of her accomplishment, the US Department of Defense, in 1980, named its standard programming language, "Ada," thus, nearly 130 years after her death, granting her the immortality she so craved.

Yet, as noted British journalist Benjamin Woolley reveals in this captivating, critically-acclaimed portrait, Ada was far from being the cool and dispassionate exemplar of the modern scientific spirit. Born in 1815, the product of one of the most sensational (and disastrous) marriages of the 19th century­­that between the "mad, bad, and dangerous to know" poet, Lord Byron and the celebrated intellectual Annabella Milbanke­­Ada came to embody the widening rift between the worlds of Romanticism, typified by her brilliant, sybaritic father, and of reason, represented by her severe mother. Here, Woolley vividly details how, throughout her brief life, Ada struggled to reconcile those opposites, sometimes with disastrous results. Both the story of a life lived passionately and an intriguing rumination on the death of Romanticism and the birth of the Machine Age, The Bride of Science offers profound insights into the seemingly irreconcilable gulf between art and science that persists to this day.

About the Author:

Benjamin Woolley is a writer and broadcaster who has contributed to numerous BBC programs, including a Horizon on artificial life and a Bookmark on Aldous Huxley. His articles have appeared in the Sunday Telegraph, The Guardian, The Independent, and the Times Literary Supplement. His first book, Virtual Worlds, examined the cultural impact of computer simulation and virtual reality.

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Editorial: McGraw-Hill Companies (2002)
ISBN 10: 0071388605 ISBN 13: 9780071388603
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