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)

Sydney Padua


THE exciting ADVENTURES OF LOVELACE AND BABBAGE . . . within which Sydney Padua transforms probably the most compelling clinical collaborations right into a hilarious sequence of adventures.

Meet Victorian London’s such a lot dynamic duo: Charles Babbage, the unrealized inventor of the pc, and his companion, Ada, Countess of Lovelace, the unusual protoprogrammer and daughter of Lord Byron. while Lovelace translated an outline of Babbage’s plans for a big mechanical calculating computing device in 1842, she further annotations thrice longer than the unique paintings. Her footnotes contained the 1st visual appeal of the overall computing conception, 100 years ahead of a precise desktop used to be outfitted. unfortunately, Lovelace died of melanoma a decade after publishing the paper, and Babbage by no means outfitted any of his machines.

yet don't melancholy! The exciting Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage presents a rollicking trade fact within which Lovelace and Babbage do construct the adaptation Engine after which use it to construct runaway fiscal versions, conflict the scourge of spelling blunders, discover the wilder geographical regions of arithmetic, and, in fact, struggle crime—for the sake of either London and technological know-how. whole with large footnotes that rival these penned by means of Lovelace herself, ancient curiosities, and never-before-seen diagrams of Babbage’s mechanical, steam-powered desktop, The exciting Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage is splendidly whimsical, completely strange, and, peculiarly, solely irresistible.

(With black-and-white illustrations throughout.) 

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