Thursday, December 10, 2015

Illustration: Lovelace and Babbage

Graphic novel available for purchase from Amazon. US$18.42

For Ada Lovelace’s 200th birthday today, the thrilling illustrated story of how she and Charles Babbage invented the world’s first computer.   This excellent comic by Sydney Padua, is about the life of Ada Lovelace, widely considered to be the world’s first computer programmer.

The remainder of The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage chronicles the power-duo’s tragicomic demo of the Analytical Engine for Queen Victoria and explores how their different temperaments.  Babbage was an obsessive and perfectionistic while Lovelace possessed the original fail-forward startup spirit.

Set in an age when is wasn't just uncommon for a woman to participate in scientific inquiry but often actively discouraged, the book is a reminder that genius is as much the product of an individual’s exceptional nature as it is of the culture in which that individual is nourished.

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