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Carol Vorderman on Ada Lovelace: 05/01/2010

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Carol Vorderman's Moment of Genius ...

Female mathematicians have always fascinated Carol Vorderman and Ada Lovelace, the daughter of the poet Lord Byron, is no exception: 'she really is the heroine of software'.

Ada Lovelace's prowess for mathematics began to emerge when she was just a teenager. It was the 1830's, and the computer pioneer, Charles Babbage, was so impressed by her that he famously gave her the nickname 'the enchantress of numbers'.

Ada's moment of genius was to anticipate, a century ahead of her time, what a computer programme might one day be.

About Ada Lovelace - Useful Links

In Our Time - Ada Lovelace

The Blue Plaque - Ada Lovelace

Ada Lovelace (on Wikipedia)

Finding Ada a celebration of Ada Lovelace Day


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