Ada Lovelace

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Augusta Ada King-Noel, Countess of Lovelace (née Byron; 10 December 1815 – 27 November 1852) was an English mathematician and writer, chiefly known for her work on Charles Babbage's proposed mechanical general-purpose computer, the Analytical Engine. She was the first to recognise that the machine had applications beyond pure calculation, and published the first algorithm intended to be carried out by such a machine. As a result, she is often regarded as the first to recognise the full potential of a "computing machine" and the first computer programmer.


  • Ada Lovelace, intro. Joasia Krysa, 2011, 36 pp. [1]


  • Doris Langley Moore, Ada, Countess of Lovelace, New York: Harper & Row, 1977.
  • Dorothy Stein, Ada: A Life and a Legacy, MIT Press, 1987, 321 pp.
    • Ada. Die Braut der Wissenschaft, Berlin: Kadmos, 1999. (German)
  • Alexandra Toole, Ada, The Enchantress of Numbers, Strawberry Press, 1992, 456 pp; new ed., rev., as Ada, The Enchantress of Numbers: Prophet of the Computer Age, Strawberry Press, 1998, 324 pp, OL; new ed. as Ada, The Enchantress of Numbers: Poetical Science, Critical Connection, 2010, 350 pp. [2]
  • Sadie Plant, Zeroes and Ones: Digital Women and the New Technoculture, London: Fourth Estate, 1997, 305 pp, ARG.
  • Benjamin Woolley, The Bride of Science: Romance, Reason and Byron's Daughter, Macmillan, 1999, 416 pp; McGraw-Hill, 2002, 432 pp.
    • Byrons Tochter. Ada Lovelace – die Poetin der Mathematik, Berlin: Aufbau-Taschenbuch-Verlag, 2005. (German)
  • James Essinger, How Lord Byron's Daughter Ada Lovelace Launched the Digital Age, Melville House, 2014, 272 pp. [3]
  • Ursula Martin, "The Scientific Life of Ada Lovelace", Gresham College, 2015, 52 min. Video talk.