Through the infamous divorce of her parents, Ada Lovelace became the most talked-about child in Georgian Britain. This riveting biography tells the extraordinary yet little known story of her life and times-when mathematics was as fashionable as knitting among women and Ada became the world's first computer programmer. But for her era's view on gender, Ada would single-handedly have started the digital age more than two centuries ago.
James Essinger studied at Lincoln College, University of Oxford. He writes about ideas that have had a seminal impact on the modern world and currently lives in Canterbury.
Preface1 Poetic Beginnings2 Lord Byron: A Scandalous Ancestry3 Annabella: Anglo-Saxon Attitudes4 The Manor of Parallelograms5 The Art of Flying6 Love7 Silken Threads8 When Ada Met Charles9 The Thinking Machine10 Kinship11 Mad Scientist12 The Analytical Engine13 The Jacquard Loom14 A Mind with a View15 Ada's Offer to Babbage16 The Enchantress of Number17 A Horrible Death18 RedemptionAfterwordNotesAcknowledgementsIndex