Ada's Ideas: The Story of Ada Lovelace, the World's First Computer Programmer

By Fiona Robinson
Read by Rosalyn Landor

0.25 Hours 11/22/2016 unabridged
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    ISBN: 9781520049601

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 biography of Ada Lovelace is a compelling portrait of a woman who saw the potential for numbers to make art.

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Summary

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 biography of Ada Lovelace is a compelling portrait of a woman who saw the potential for numbers to make art.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Narrator Rosalyn Landor’s gentle British inflection brings authenticity to the story of Ada Lovelace…Landor’s elocution is as precise as Lovelace’s brain as inventors of the times enlist her assistance. Landor’s enthusiasm comes though especially well in the sequence of Ada describing how an algorithm is like a treasure hunt. The production’s background music complements the story, especially the machine-like passage that echo the Industrial Revolution sweeping across England.” AudioFile
“Robinson’s writing is direct and deft…and mostly accessible to younger readers.” Horn Book Guide
“Clearly conveys Lovelace’s constricted upbringing, her intellectual brilliance, and her pleasure in applying her mind to a complex challenge.” Booklist
“Sure to captive a variety of readers…The text’s lilting quality will stick with aural learners long after the book is over… Robinson celebrates Lovelace for her powerful analytical mind in spite of an overbearing mother, an absent father, and a restrictive social position…Fascinating and uplifting…Highly recommended.” School Library Journal
“The fluid and lovely narration by British stage and screen actress Rosalyn Landor is enhanced by music and sound effects…Will inspire listeners, especially girls, to follow their talents and interests and be true to themselves.” School Library Journal (audio review)

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Author Bio: Fiona Robinson

Fiona Robinson is the author and illustrator of Whale Shines and What Animals Really Like, among other picture books. What Animals Really Like received the 2012 Irma Black Award, and Bank Street named it one of the 2012 Best Children’s Books. Her work has been honored by the Royal Academy of Arts.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Nonfiction/Biography & Autobiography
Runtime: 0.25
Audience: Children (8–12)
Language: English