Finding Ada

In 1842 Augusta Ada Lovelace (1815-1852) took notes at her good friend’s lecture, Charles Babbage, who invented the “Difference Engine” (an early calculator). Babbage had drawn plans for a newer version of the machine and Lovelace took an interest in the subject. The self-proclaimed “Analyst and Metaphysician” eventually wrote a formal article that predicted the engine to be a discovery– an early computer that would be able to compute difficult mathematics as well as generate music. She is credited with inventing the concept of computer programming in the form of punched cards which replicates the “code” we know today.

Difference Engine:


-Becky Reiser

~ by Southern Discomfort on March 24, 2010.

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