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The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage: The (Mostly) True Story of the First Computer - Sydney Padua
The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage: The (Mostly) True Story of the First Computer
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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 London’s most dynamic duo: Charles Babbage, the unrealized inventor of the computer, and his... show more
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 London’s 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 Babbage’s 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 crime—for 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 Babbage’s 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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Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 9780307908278 (0307908275)
ASIN: 0307908275
Publisher: Pantheon
Pages no: 320
Edition language: English
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JL's Bibliomania
JL's Bibliomania rated it
3.5 The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage
I loved the opening of The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage, with the footnotes on the footnotes showing where Sidney Padua drew the information regarding Augusta Ada King, Countess of Lovelace (Better known as Ada Lovelace), Charles Babbage, and the prototype computer known as the Analy...
Kaethe
Kaethe rated it
5.0 The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage: The (Mostly) True Story of the First Computer - Sydney Padua
So, on the one hand you have accurate historical background on Babbage and Lovelace and the work they did together.And then there are the fantastical steampunk adventures they might have had if only they'd gotten around to making the first computer. The adventures are as heavily footnoted as the rea...
Wyvernfriend Reads
Wyvernfriend Reads rated it
4.0 The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage: The (Mostly) True Story of the First Computer
Most excellent, even if I did start to lose my attention when the actual mechanics of the Difference or Analytical Engine started, I'm a true user, no real interest in how it works, I care about the output. It's both biography and fiction and makes me wonder what would have happened if someone had ...
By Singing Light
By Singing Light rated it
0.0 The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage
An incredibly fun, thoroughly researched graphic novel about the pocket universe adventures of Charles Babbage and Ada Byron Lovelace. Katy was the one who mentioned this and I’m so glad she did; I enjoyed it so much. Even the footnotes are fun!
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