Thursday, March 13, 2008

Augusta Ada Lovelace - Women's History Month

Today, Ladies Lotto would like to introduce you all to "Enchantress of Numbers"!

Augusta Ada Lovelace (December 10 1815-November 27, 1852) is the daughter of Lord George Gordon Byron, a poet. Her mother, Lady Anne Isabella Milbanke Byron, was a mathematician known as “the princess of parallelograms”, and she didn’t want Ada to follow in her father’s footsteps to become a poet. As a result, she made sure to tutor Ada in mathematics and music in order to get rid of any poetic tendencies. Through her father, her understanding of mathematics was laced with imagination, and described in metaphors.

This was truly tremendous and the results were remarkable! Ada Lovelace was a natural, and she wrote a scientific paper in 1843 that anticipated the development of computer software involving artificial intelligence and computer music. She also created a method of using punch cards to calculate Bernouoilli numbers, which made her the first computer programmer!

Isn’t it ironic how men are getting paid much higher salaries for working jobs that wouldn’t have even existed if it weren’t for women inventors, such as Ada Lovelace? Yet, there is still so much discrimination towards women in the workforce!

We need some more Lovelace’s in the world! Let’s all give some love to Ada for being so intelligent!

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