The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage: The (Mostly) True Story of the First Computer

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Apr 21, 2015 - Comics & Graphic Novels - 320 pages
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THE THRILLING ADVENTURES OF LOVELACE AND BABBAGE . . . in which Sydney Padua transforms one of the most compelling scientific collaborations into a hilarious series of adventures.

Meet Victorian London’s most dynamic duo: Charles Babbage, the unrealized inventor of the computer, and his accomplice, Ada, Countess of Lovelace, the peculiar protoprogrammer and daughter of Lord Byron. When Lovelace translated a description of Babbage’s plans for an enormous mechanical calculating machine in 1842, she added annotations three times longer than the original work. Her footnotes contained the first appearance of the general computing theory, a hundred years before an actual computer was built. Sadly, Lovelace died of cancer a decade after publishing the paper, and Babbage never built any of his machines.

But do not despair! The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage presents a rollicking alternate reality in which Lovelace and Babbage do build the Difference Engine and then use it to build runaway economic models, battle the scourge of spelling errors, explore the wilder realms of mathematics, and, of course, fight crime—for the sake of both London and science. Complete with extensive footnotes that rival those penned by Lovelace herself, historical curiosities, and never-before-seen diagrams of Babbage’s mechanical, steam-powered computer, The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage is wonderfully whimsical, utterly unusual, and, above all, entirely irresistible.

(With black-and-white illustrations throughout.) 
 

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User Review  - kevn57 - LibraryThing

Excellent introduction to the difference engine, Babbage and Ada Lovelace and a really enjoyable read. The author includes historical notes and info on finding more, google books and the internet archive. Read full review

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User Review  - asxz - LibraryThing

Utterly charming. Babbage was bonkers and Lovelace was lively. With special guest appearances by Isambard Kingdom Brunel, Charles Dodgson and others this is a delightful tale, winningly presented. Read full review

Contents

The Secret Origin
11
The Person from Porlock
45
User Experience
147
Imaginary Quantities
222
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SYDNEY PADUA is an animator and visual effects artist, usually employed in making giant monsters appear to be attacking people for the movies. She started drawing comics by accident and is still trying to figure out how to stop. Originally from the Canadian prairie, she now lives in London with her husband and far too many books. The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage is her first book.

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