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  1. StevenLP
    Member

    I don't know if this was linked when it first appeared, but just in case it wasn't:

    http://sydneypadua.com/2dgoggles/lovelace-the-origin-2/

    I discovered it when it was reprinted in the Vandermeer's Steampunk2 collection, which I've just finished. The website has other Lovelace & Babbage stories (the artist's notes are funny too)

    Posted 5 years ago #
  2. Marian
    Member

    Cool! And here's an "interview" with her in her own words
    http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn22385-ada-lovelace-my-brain-is-more-than-merely-mortal.html

    I never knew 'til reading this that she was Byron's daughter!

    Posted 5 years ago #
  3. StevenLP
    Member

    The early death of Lovelace is one of those historical events that really depresses me: you read of her life and its as if she's the heroine of a story where, if it was fiction, you'd think the writer had gone a bit over the top - but then it's as though Fate has just leaned over the author's shoulder and said "end now", snuffing her out in a particularly unpleasant way.

    On a lighter note, the artist of the comic strip must be one of very few women called 'Sydney'! Perhaps its a nickname.

    Posted 5 years ago #
  4. Marian
    Member

    One would say she inherited her brilliance from her father (Lord Byron) but he was an erratic poet who got killed young and her mind was that of a scientist, not a poet. But then the link I gave said her mother was a mathematician. So Ada grew up an incredibly brilliant scientist and died way too young. Kind of like if Einstein had died while he was still a clerk working on his famous theories but hadn't yet finished them.

    Posted 5 years ago #
  5. StevenLP
    Member

    Apart from the Difference Engine has Ada turned up in much fiction? - for such an interesting character you'd think she'd be frequently used (particularly in our genres of interest), but I can't recall coming across her too often.

    Posted 5 years ago #
  6. AKAkarlb
    Member

    She's clearly the inspiration for Tom Stoppard's play "Arcadia," (I've seen a production of this, really enjoyed it) but other than that nothing comes to mind. But I'm very poorly read in recent fiction which, thanks to the omnipresence of computers, is where you would expect to find references to her.

    Posted 5 years ago #
  7. Marian
    Member

    I agree, Karl. I would have expected to find references to her. I can only think that hardly anyone has heard of her. I mean, I hadn't until this thread and I know everything :)

    Posted 5 years ago #
  8. StevenLP
    Member

    There's an entertaining short biographical article on Ada and her parents here:
    http://ursulawrites.blogspot.co.uk/2012/10/ada-lovelace-sex-and-algorithms-shocker.html

    There has been a film about her ("Conceiving Ada"):
    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0118882/
    http://www.dvdverdict.com/reviews/conceivingada.php
    though apparently it's not a classic! (it seems to be unfair on Babbage - see the opening quote of the 'dvd verdict' article)

    Posted 5 years ago #
  9. StevenLP
    Member

    Doh!! John Crowley's "Lord Byron's Novel: the Evening Land" is a novel about a novel written by Lord Byron, annotated by Ada and discovered by a young women in this day an age, who has a similarly complicated relationship with her father as Ada had.

    I actually have a copy, but its on my (rather sizable) to read pile.

    Posted 5 years ago #
  10. geoffhart1962
    Member

    And a very happy 197th birthday to Ada Lovelace:
    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/women/womens-life/9735374/Who-is-Ada-Lovelace-the-current-Google-Doodle.html

    Posted 5 years ago #
  11. Marian
    Member

    Another brilliant woman scientist of Ada Lovelace's era. She worked out how to study the octopus and thereby overturned the "accepted" view they moved by sail power (Aristotle said it so it was "true" for almost 2,000 years) https://www.sciencefriday.com/articles/the-seamstress-and-the-secrets-of-the-argonaut-shell/

    Posted 3 months ago #

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