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Charles and Ada: The Computer's Most Passionate Partnership

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The names Charles Babbage and Ada Lovelace are synonymous with pioneering computer science and engineering, their work on the Analytical Engine shifting paradigms and sparking the advent of the computer age in which our society is now based. The one seemingly a stereotypically repressed Englishman, while the other would become an early feminist icon. Without Ada there ...more
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Expected publication: February 1st 2020 by The History Press
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Stephanie Jane (Literary Flits)
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I've known of the name Ada Lovelace for some time, mainly through the Ada Lovelace Day initiative, so was aware of her importance to women in science but, I'm embarrassed to say, hadn't actually taken the trouble to find out what specifically she is famous for until I got this chance to read James Essinger's biography, Charles and Ada. I had a similar level of ignorance towards Charles Babbage so reading and reviewing for the book's blog tour
Rebecca L.
Oct 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Recently, I wrote an article for CAPTIVATING! Magazine about the poet Lord Byron. During my research for this article, I discovered that Byron had a famous daughter named Ada who helped to develop the very first computer. At the time, I didn't have the opportunity to research more about her, so whenCharles and Adawas offered to bloggers in exchange for an honest review (Thanks Rachel, from Rachel's Random Resources!) I was pleased to accept a copy.

Reading this book taught me a great deal about
Donna Maguire

I recently read a children’s book on the life of Ada Lovelace and it really intrigued me so when I had the opportunity to read a copy of this book I was really keen to give it a go.

I liked the author’s writing style and I liked learning more about the relationship between Ada and Charles and their impact on future generations.

Sadly, the book is limited to a degree as we don’t have access to the personal records from Ada herself due to various issues but
Lis Carey
Oct 23, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: arcs, biography, history
While this is presented as a biography of Charles Babbage and Ada Lovelace, his professional partner and collaborator, it's mostly about Babbage. One gets pretty far in before there's much about Ada Lovelace.

It's true that there was a considerable difference in their ages, and they met when he was a widower in his thirties and she was nineteen. By the time he met Ada Byron, later Ada Lovelace, he had built a working 1/7 prototype of the Difference Engine. After they met, they quickly became
Oct 20, 2019 rated it liked it
See my blog for review 23rd October 2019

This book is more a biography of Charles Babbage than the exploration of the working and personal relationship of Babbage and Lovelace that I was expecting. The material available is necessarily limited by the destruction of much of Ada Lovelace's correspondence after her death and the general wearing of time on fragile paper, but the author does his best and provides as much first hand information as he can.

It's a start if you're interested in these
Oct 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book calls the relationship between Charles Babbage and Ada Lovelace “The Computer’s Most Passionate Partnership”. It is a book which uses considerable research into the extant letters and papers of Charles dating from the first half of the nineteenth century. Fortunately, some of Ada’s letters have also survived, and it is these in addition to her published Notes on a mathematical work that provide some of her part of the story. This book has most to say about Charles, a rich man who ...more
Oct 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed this well research bio on some of the most famous names in the pioneer in computer engineering - Charles Babbage and Ada Lovelace, who were both well ahead of their time. Essinger was able to capture and made well use of the research and the extensive collection available in the British Library Babbage Archive in London, and also included amazing amounts of personal material on Babbages' eventful life, both tragic and private. Essinger's brilliant story telling and filling ...more
Caroline Venables
Nov 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book as although I knew the names of Charles Babbage and Ada Lovelace, I had no idea of their significance on today’s world.

This book is an excellent resource to learn more about them, their time and the science community. The author has done extensive research to provide the reader with a comprehensive account of the scientists lives and their contribution to the scientific world.

A very good biography of two people who really should be more celebrated.
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Hi! My name is James Essinger and I'm a writer of fiction and non-fiction.

In my fiction I have a particular interest in personal relationships, travel, history, information technology and chess.

In my non-fiction I have a particular interest in the history of computing, and in language.

I was born in Leicester in the English Midlands in 1957 and I attended Overdale Junior School in Leicester and