The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage: The (Mostly) True Story of the First Computer (Pantheon Graphic Novels)

The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage: The (Mostly) True Story of the First Computer (Pantheon Graphic Novels) Author Sydney Padua
ISBN-10 0307908275
ISBN-13 9780307908278
Year 2015-04-21
Pages 320
Language English
Publisher Pantheon
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THE THRILLING ADVENTURES OF LOVELACE AND BABBAGE in which Sydney Padua transforms one of the most compelling scientific collaborations into a hilarious series of adventures Meet Victorian Londons most dynamic duo Charles Babbage the unrealized inventor of the computer and his accomplice Ada Countess of Lovelace the peculiar protoprogrammer and daughter of Lord Byron When Lovelace translated a description of Babbages plans for an enormous mechanical calculating machine in 1842 she added annotations three times longer than the original work Her footnotes contained the first appearance of the general computing theory a hundred years before an actual computer was built Sadly Lovelace died of cancer a decade after publishing the paper and Babbage never built any of his machines But do not despair The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage presents a rollicking alternate reality in which Lovelace and Babbage do build the Difference Engine and then use it to build runaway economic models battle the scourge of spelling errors explore the wilder realms of mathematics and of course fight crimefor the sake of both London and science Complete with extensive footnotes that rival those penned by Lovelace herself historical curiosities and never before seen diagrams of Babbages mechanical steam powered computer The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage is wonderfully whimsical utterly unusual and above all entirely irresistible With black and white illustrations throughout

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