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Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Augusta Ada Byron-King's biography

Augusta Ada Byron-King (1815-1852) known as Ada Byron, Lady Lovelace : Analyst, Metaphysician, and Founder of Scientific Computing & The Analytical Engine Leading to Programming Via Punch Cards

Module One of the T171 deals primarily with the history and development of the technology we have come to know as the personal computer. In order to understand how we have arrived at the current position it is clear that an understanding of the past is required. Section 2 of the Module gives a brief history which includes Charles Babbage and mentions almost in passing his link to Ada Byron, Countess of Lovelace. I found much more information on the person Babbage called his "enchantress of numbers" and her importance to computer technology in a site dealing primarily with her life and achievements at 1. Babbage and Countess Lovelace are considered by many to be the founders of scientific computing and her table of instructions for the Bernoulli numbers are now considered the first program. Her visualisation of the punch card to programme is without doubt of the most important technology of early computing.

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Ada Lovelace (2)
Ada the entranchness of
Ada Lovelace Age 19[4.1]
Ada Lovelace 1850[4.2]
Ada Lovelace Age 27[4.3]

of numbers(3)

This Sites Use to T171 Students
I feel that this particular site provides helps to highlight where the technology to programme came from and by its use of a particularly clear timeline linked to world historic events clearly defines the time span involved. This can be seen from the shortened extract below at Table 1. It leaves you without any doubt that programming is not a recent event but that the original programming concepts where being developed nearly 160 years ago. It shows that computers like other technologies have been result of previous knowledge being developed and expanded Thus It helps to cement the past with the current and thus onto the future. This site gives a slightly different emphasise that that shown in the T171 printed text.


Blaise Pascal develops one of the first calculating machines
Charles Babbage (Ada's closest friend) is born
Lord Byron and Annabella Milbanke wed (January 2) Augusta Ada Byron is born in London (December 10)
Ada designs a flying machine
Ada meets Charles Babbage and his Difference Engine
Babbage conceptualizes the Analytical Engine
Ada becomes Countess of Lovelace (June 30)
Babbage goes to Italy to discuss the Analytical Engine Ada begins studying mathematics with De Morgan
Ada returns after a nine-month absence to her mathematical studiesL. F. Menabrea's description of the Analytical Engine is published in Switzerland (October)
Ada's translation and Notes are published (August)
Ada dies (November 27)
Charles Babbage dies (October 18)
Hollerith of the United States uses the punch card for sorting and tabulating information for the United States Census
Language named "Ada" in her honor
"Ada" becomes a trademark of the United States Department of Defense .

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