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About the Book
Author: Fiona Robinson
Recommended Ages: 6-9 years
Number of Pages: 40
Publisher: Abrams Books
Publication Date: August 2, 2016
Summary: Ada Lovelace (1815–1852) was the daughter of Lord Byron, a poet, and Anna Isabella Milbanke, a mathematician. Her parents separated when she was young, and her mother insisted on a logic-focused education, rejecting Byron’s “mad” love of poetry. But Ada remained fascinated with her father and considered mathematics “poetical science.” Via her friendship with inventor Charles Babbage, she became involved in “programming” his Analytical Engine, a precursor to the computer, thus becoming the world’s first computer programmer. This picture book biography of Ada Lovelace is a compelling portrait of a woman who saw the potential for numbers to make art.
About the Author
Ada was born in 1815 to Lord Byron and Anna Isabella Milbanke. Shortly after Ada's birth her mother become fed up with Lord Byron's careless imagination and took Ada away to protect her from his wild ways. Anna raised Ada with strict teachings in mathematics and reading. During the Industrial Revolution Ada was introduced to the amazing factories that created so much by using mathematics to power their machines. Later in life Ada met Charles Babbage and the two became close friends. Through her connection with Mr. Babbage, Ada actually envisioned the first computers, but sadly she died at a young age and she never saw her dreams materialize. Today she is credited with being the world's first computer programmer.
Ada's Ideas is a beautifully written story about the fascinating life of Ada Lovelace and her extraordinary imagination that envisioned computers long before anyone could fathom the concept. I had actually never heard of Ada before reading this book and I was immediately captivated. I love that she continued to pursue her dreams her entire life and imagined great things for the future. The illustrations are incredibly detailed and colorful adding to the magic of the story.
I highly recommend picking up a copy.