From Library Journal
This is a well-written biography of Countess Lovelace, Augusta Ada Byron King, daughter of Lord and Lady Byron. Byron has recently gained fame for her explanatory notes on Charles Babbage's analytical engine, which constitute the first explanation of the concept of computer programming. In recognition of her efforts, the Department of Defense christened its most recent programming language ADA. A gifted mathematician in a time when women didn't do mathematics, Byron had a complex and contradictory nature. She died in 1852 at the age of 37, and her contribution to our understanding of computers went unappreciated for more than 100 years. This treatment of her life is well documented, portrays an intriguing time period for would-be women scientists, and presents an unusual viewpoint. Hilary D. Burton, Lawrence Livermore National Lab., Livermore, Cal.
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