Ada Byron Lovelace and the Thinking Machine

Ada Byron Lovelace and the Thinking Machine

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Ada Lovelace, the daughter of the famous romantic poet, Lord Byron, develops her creativity through science and math. When she meets Charles Babbage, the inventor of the first mechanical computer, Ada understands the machine better than anyone else and writes the world's first computer program in order to demonstrate its capabilities.
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Product details

  • 6-8
  • Hardback | 40 pages
  • 229 x 280 x 10mm | 482g
  • Berkeley, United States
  • English
  • Color illustrations throughout
  • 1939547202
  • 9781939547200
  • 93,374

Review quote

"Lovelace, who is often considered the world's first computer programmer, is a natural subject for a children's book, although not an easy one. Her short life included a sometimes lonely childhood as the daughter of the great Romantic poet Lord Byron and his mathematically gifted wife, an illness that left young Ada temporarily paralyzed and blind, and a remarkable professional partnership with one of the great mathematicians of the age, starting when she was only 17 and he was 41. The mathematician, Charles Babbage, was trying to build a mechanical computer; he trusted Ada, a passionate scholar who had studied math with an eminent tutor, to write the instructions that would allow the machine to operate. Those instructions, published in 1843, are thought by many to be the first computer program. Wallmark brings the story alive with grace and clarity; she never showboats, but she always finds the right word or phrase. Chu's vivid illustrations tell a story unto themselves, one of both mathematical precision and romantic flights of fancy. The image of Ada's sketches flying off the page is particularly arresting. A great choice for girls who love math or science."--Chicago Tribune

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About Laurie Wallmark

Laurie Wallmark has published stories in Highlights, Cricket, and other children's magazines. When not writing, she teaches computer science. Ada Byron Lovelace and the Thinking Machine is her first book. Visit her blog at April Chu began her career as an architect with a degree from the University of California, Berkeley, but decided to return to her true passion of illustrating and storytelling. She lives and works in Oakland, California. Her previous book, In a Village by the Sea, is also a Creston title and received starred reviews from Kirkus and Publishers Weekly, as well as a rave review from the New York Times and Fuse #8. Learn more about her at
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641 ratings
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4 45% (286)
3 17% (106)
2 1% (8)
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