Tuesday 9 October is Ada Lovelace Day, and the University of Edinburgh is hosting a series of events in the King’s Buildings.
- AM: Guest talks, activities, making things
- PM: Women in STEM Wikipedia edit-a-thon
Ada Lovelace Day is an international celebration day of the achievements of women in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM). It aims to increase the profile of women in STEM and, in doing so, create new role models who will encourage more girls into STEM careers and support women already working in STEM.
To find out more about Ada Lovelace and her impact on computing — including programming — then I recommend the following.
Calculating Ada: The Countess of Computing
BBC documentary on the life and work of Ada Lovelace. Presented by mathematician Dr Hannah Fry.
The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage
Fabulous graphic novel describing how Ada Lovelace and Charles Babbage team up to fight crime in Victorian Britain. Start with the origin story.
Ada Lovelace: The Making of a Computer Scientist
Exploration of Lovelace’s life and work based on recent research.
“It may be desirable to explain, that by the word operation, we mean any process which alters the mutual relation of two or more things, be this relation of what kind it may. This is the most general definition, and would include all subjects in the universe.”
Ada Lovelace, 1842, identifying the
scope of application for a programmable computer