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Ada, the Enchantress of Numbers: Poetical Science Audible – Unabridged

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By Amazon Customer on December 18, 2012
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Excellant that this book is now out in Kindle format.
This is a series of letters between Ada and Charles
Babbage, giving insight on how they viewed his
computer technology (mechanical) and the uses it could be put to.
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This book gives a nice overview of Ada Lovelace's life through her own words in her letters. The author gives enough back ground to give a full view of her life. Ada was an impressive and inspirational person.
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The audible version of this book was awesome! The reader gave it so much life and it is well written. I recommend this book to everyone - specially if you are interested in learning about people who brought us to the computer era. Ada is inspirational and I am glad that she left enough material for a great author to piece her life together.
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This is a fascinating work of research and writing. Betty Alexandra Toole is the authority on the life and story of Ada Byron Lovelace. She has used original source material in her biography. The book is far more than a standard biography as it includes correspondence written by Ada across her short life. She was a prolific writer as well as serious student of mathematics and the scientific advances of her time. I can't think of any other book that has given me a better understanding of an important and complex historical figure.

Ada Lovelace is well known and celebrated in Great Britain, but is less well known in the US. She is celebrated as the first computer "programmer" as she understood that a computing machine could be instructed to perform multiple functions on a data set. She foresaw the possibility of machines manipulating any values that could be numerically represented such as musical tones, or colors. Unfortunately, she had a short life and painful death from cancer. There has been much speculation about her mental health and use of medications that affected her emotional and mental stability.

Thanks to the skill and enormous contribution of the author to this project, it is more likely that Ada's story and legacy will be kept alive to be shared with young women as part of the history of technology and computing. I have great admiration for the author and recommend this work to anyone interested in the history of women in mathematics and technology.
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For those of us who have an interest in computer and history, the story of Ada Lovelace is a must read. Dr. Toole has offered her intellectual power and dedicated research to reconstruct the life of Ada through transcribing her correspondence, as well as explaining the powerful idea of Poetical Science. It might sound odd to a modern audience that machine is explained in poetical terms but this is a British intellectual tradition to use poetic language to describe science. Richard Dawkins’ Selfish Gene is another example comes to my mind. I believe that this book is still very relevant to us because we could use Ada’s idea to utilize our intuition to inform scientific exploration.
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