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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent biography
I purchased this book for research into the life of Ada Lovelace. The book was well written and revealed aspects of her life that other biographers ignored. I would highly recommend this book to anyone interested in the "first computer programmer".
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1.0 out of 5 stars More like "Ada: A Collection Of Letters and Incorrect Assumptions"
Ada Lovelace was a passionate, intelligent and important figure in history and the history of computing. Too bad that her biography was written by someone who has an unnatural contempt for Ada's many quirks and passions. I don't understand why Dorothy Stein has chosen to write about someone against whom her writing has a clear, negative bias. Stein also should have...
Published on April 2, 2012 by The Magic Light Bulb


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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars More like "Ada: A Collection Of Letters and Incorrect Assumptions", April 2, 2012
This review is from: Ada: A Life And A Legacy (History of Computing) (Paperback)
Ada Lovelace was a passionate, intelligent and important figure in history and the history of computing. Too bad that her biography was written by someone who has an unnatural contempt for Ada's many quirks and passions. I don't understand why Dorothy Stein has chosen to write about someone against whom her writing has a clear, negative bias. Stein also should have re-titled the book "A Life and Legacy of Ada Lovelace's Family and Friends." Because there was barely a page regarding the history of computing and Ada's contribution to it, and because the author seemed far more interested in the lives of the people around Ada, than Ada herself. There are countless pages devoted to the histories of people, regardless of importance in Ada's life that received a lot more detail and praise by the author than Ada. Any description of Ada was met with snarkiness and deliberate misinterpretation by the author. For example, any letter where Ada addresses herself as a "fairy" or "high priestess" is interpreted by Ms. Stein as nothing but delusional hubris, where any reader can clearly see this was part of Ada's wittiness and sense of humor. Or Ada's multiple interests in music or writing in addition to mathematics is not seen as a passionate person eager to learn all she can about anything she can, but as the delusional preoccupations of someone who thinks they are gifted. Speaking of letters, this book could also have been re-titled as "Ada: A Collection of Letters" because this book is pretty much that: a collection of letters Ada and her friends and family wrote, interspersed with vastly incorrect or little insights the author made about Ada from those letters, and unnecessary details about everyone but Ada. It is sad that Ms. Stein has chosen to do such a poor job on a historic figure that everyone needs to know about. Perhaps a more competent author such as Stacy Schiff of "Cleopatra" or David Bodanis of "Passionate Minds" could have handled the job better. Ms. Stein had mentioned that Ada when it comes to math, "had little natural talent." The same can be said for Ms. Stein's writing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent biography, April 13, 2014
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I purchased this book for research into the life of Ada Lovelace. The book was well written and revealed aspects of her life that other biographers ignored. I would highly recommend this book to anyone interested in the "first computer programmer".
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Ada: A Life And A Legacy (History of Computing) by Dorothy Stein (Paperback - July 29, 1987)
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