Ada Lovelace was a mathematician and writer from England who is commonly known as the first computer programmer. Ada worked with Charles Babbage on his Analytical Engine, a proposed mechanical, general-purpose computer and the beginnings of computer programming. Her notes included the first of what is now known as an algorithm. She is the only legitimate child of the Romantic poet, Lord Byron.
==Young Life and Education==
Ada Lovelace was born Augusta Ada Byron King on December 10, 1815, the only legitimate child produced by the famous poet George Lord Byron and wife, Lady Wentworth, Anne Isabella Milbanke, known as Annabella. Lord Byron named her Augusta after his half-sister and Ada, himself. On January 16, 1816, Annabella relocated to Kirkby Mallory, England, and her parent’s house on the request of Lord Byron. He …show more content…
She the potential for a computer to solve problems of even the most difficult complexity.Toole, 1998 In her own writings she describes the possibility that “the fundamental relations of pitched sounds in the science of harmony and of musical composition were susceptible of such expression and adaptations, the engine might compose elaborate and scientific pieces of music of any degree of complexity or extent.”Menabrea, L. F., & Lovelace, A. (1842). Sketch of the Analytical Engine. Bibliothèque Universelle de Genève. https://www.fourmilab.ch/babbage/sketch.html Tom Stoppard’s play “Arcadia,”written in 1993, feature the young genius Thomasina Coverly as its protagonist. The character is based on Ada Lovelace and the play involves Lord Byron while its protagonist begins to understand chaos theory and proposes the second law of thermodynamics prior to either of these theories being recognized officially.Leithauser, B. (2013, August 8). Tom Stoppard’s, “Arcadia,” At Twenty. The New Yorker.