Enchantress of Numbers: A Novel of Ada Lovelace

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Thorndike Press, Sep 25, 2018 - Fiction - 768 pages

New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Chiaverini illuminates the life of Ada Byron King, Countess of Lovelace--Lord Byron's daughter and the world's first computer progammer.





The only legitimate child of Lord Byron, the most brilliant, revered, and scandalous of the Romantic poets, Ada was destined for fame long before her birth. But her mathematician mother, estranged from Ada's infamous and destructively passionate father, is determined to save her only child from her perilous Byron heritage. Banishing fairy tales and make-believe from the nursery, Ada's mother provides her daughter with a rigorous education grounded in mathematics and science. Any troubling spark of imagination--or worse yet, passion or poetry--is promptly extinguished. Or so her mother believes.





When Ada is introduced into London society as a highly eligible young heiress, she at last discovers the intellectual and social circles she has craved all her life. Little does she realize how her exciting new friendship with Charles Babbage--the brilliant, charming, and occasionally curmudgeonly inventor of an extraordinary machine, the Difference Engine--will define her destiny.



Enchantress of Numbers unveils the passions, dreams, and insatiable thirst for knowledge of a largely unheralded pioneer in computing--a young woman who stepped out of her father's shadow to achieve her own laurels and champion the new technology that would shape the future.



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User Review  - EllenH - LibraryThing

This story about Ada Lovelace was tedious at times, but unlike about half of our book club, I was able to finish it. I actually ended up liking the book and found it interesting. I did do some ... Read full review

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This is the story of Lord Byron’s daughter, Augusta Ada Bryon, who never met her father but whose life was shaped by the reputation and actions of Lord Byron. Ada’s mother, Annabella, was married to ... Read full review

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About the author (2018)

Jennifer Chiaverini is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and the University of Chicago. She used to be a writing instructor at Penn State University and Edgewood College. She is the author of the Elm Creek Quilts series and four volumes of quilt patterns inspired by her novels. She is also the designer of the Elm Creek Quilts fabric lines from Red Rooster Fabrics. Among her most recent works, is the New York Times bestselling novel, Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker.

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