Ada walked into the study where Mr Babbage was waiting.
“You called for me Lady Lovelace”,
“Yes, I read about your Analytical Engine and had an idea”,
She went to her desk extracting some papers filled with tables, text and numbers.
“What you need is a sequence of order for your machine”.
“But my engine isn’t ready yet, mylady”
“I believe that one day machines like yours will be able to do anything that can be turned into numbers, even books or music. Charles, you need algorithms”.
That’s how Charles Babbage was first to realize how software always outlives hardware.
I think it was the fact that it’s women’s day tomorrow that made me think of female achievements. One story worth retelling is that of Ada Lovelace, the world’s first programmer and the only legitimate child of Lord
Byron. Not only did she write the first ever computer program, but she also saw how machines like this could be programmed to do many other things than just math. Charles Babbage’s machine was never built, but Ada Lovelace’s software still exists. The programming language ADA is named after her, and the second Tuesday of October every year is Ada Lovelace day to celebrate female engineers.
Rochelle selects the picture and the rest of her write stories to the same picture. She is a master of historical fiction, and I wanted to do the same thing. Hope it works.
March 7, 2018