Ada Lovelace Day 2018

Ada Lovelace Day logoTuesday 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

Link: Event description and booking

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.

Links: Ada Lovelace Day; Map of events worldwide

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.

Link: Video (60′), requires EASE login

Still from BBC programme

The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage
Sydney Padua

Fabulous graphic novel describing how Ada Lovelace and Charles Babbage team up to fight crime in Victorian Britain. Start with the origin story.

Link: Book; Origin story; Web comics

Picture of book cover

Ada Lovelace: The Making of a Computer Scientist
Christopher Hollings, Ursula Martin, Adrian Rice
Bodleian Library Press, April 2018

Exploration of Lovelace’s life and work based on recent research.

Link: Author talk at Edinburgh Book Festival; Publisher’s page

Picture of book cover

“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

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