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Charles Babbage and the Countess
Charles Babbage was thirty years old in 1821, as was his close friend, John Herschel, and in English intellectual circles they were both regarded as brilliant mathematicians. One day as Babbage worked in preparing logarithmic tables, a tedious and boring task, he commented to Herschel that he thought he could invent a machine to do these calculations with far more speed ...more
Paperback, 516 pages
Published April 16th 2007 by Authorhouse
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Nov 21, 2012 Marian added it · review of another edition
Recommends it for: Scientists, engineers, historians and casual readers
After finishing the book, very strong impression remained from last 100 pages. The book keeps reader interested from early beginning to the very end. It goes chronologically, and in the beginning the chapters about Babbage alternates with chapters about Ada until they meet. Since then, the book describes their intervening life stories. The author describes Ada's mother in pretty negative light, which sometimes pushes reader to think twice about her character. In the middle, it's not quite sure ...more