Ada Lovelace Exhibition

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Ada Lovelace was a British mathematician and writer, chiefly known for her work on Charles Babbage's early mechanical general-purpose computer, the Analytical Engine.

As the only legitimate daughter of Lord Byron, she was introduced to mathematics and science by her mother, who wished to keep Ada as far away as possible from the poetical insanity of her father.

Her mathematical talents led her to an ongoing working relationship and friendship with fellow British mathematician Charles Babbage also known as 'the father of computers'. Later, Ada wrote what many consider to be the first computer program—that is, an algorithm designed to be carried out by a machine.

Lovelace's notes are important in the early history of computers. She also developed a vision of the capability of computers to go beyond mere calculating or number-crunching, while others, including Babbage himself, focused only on those capabilities.

This exhibition will tell Lovelace's story in her own words using many of her letters.
Sunday, 7th February 2016    12:00pm - 2:30pm
South Kensington
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