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Ada's Ideas: The Story of Ada Lovelace, the World's First Computer Programmer Hardcover – August 2, 2016
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Gr 1–3—This latest picture book biography of Ada Lovelace is sure to captive a variety of readers. For visual learners, the illustrations (watercolors cut, arranged, and then photographed) lend the story a rhythmic movement that allows readers to better imagine the chugging of Lovelace's Analytical Engine. The paper-doll appearance of the cast of characters evokes a sense of play around an otherwise dense subject. The text's lilting quality will stick with aural learners long after the book is over. For example, Robinson's citation of Lord Byron's alliterative diminutive for his daughter—the Princess of Parallelograms—intensifies the sing-song, playful pace of the work. Despite the easy tone, Robinson celebrates Lovelace for her powerful analytical mind in spite of an overbearing mother, an absent father, and a restrictive social position. The author adeptly portrays how Lovelace's mathematical reasoning was largely unmatched during her time, as well as how her hopeful, expansive imagining of future incarnations of the Analytical Engine led directly to modern computers. The only drawback of this work is its lack of page numbers or index, hindering classroom or homework use. VERDICT A fascinating and uplifting STEAM selection, highly recommended for biography collections.—Chelsea Woods, New Brunswick Free Public Library, NJ
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I received this book for free in exchange for my honest opinions. I was in no way compensated for this review. My opinions are honest and my own.
When she was 16, she met many people including inventor Charles Babbage. Ada helped him with math for his machines, including what is considered the first computer. Unfortunately, Ada died at the age of 36, but she lives in history. Great to have a female role model who was successful in one of the STEM subjects.
The illustrations charm and capture the historical time period in a fun and whimsical way.
Ada was born in 1815 to Lord Byron and Anna Isabella Milbanke. Shortly after Ada's birth her mother become fed up with Lord Byron's careless imagination and took Ada away to protect her from his wild ways. Anna raised Ada with strict teachings in mathematics and reading. During the Industrial Revolution Ada was introduced to the amazing factories that created so much by using mathematics to power their machines. Later in life Ada met Charles Babbage and the two became close friends. Through her connection with Mr. Babbage, Ada actually envisioned the first computers, but sadly she died at a young age and she never saw her dreams materialize. Today she is credited with being the world's first computer programmer.
Ada's Ideas is a beautifully written story about the fascinating life of Ada Lovelace and her extraordinary imagination that envisioned computers long before anyone could fathom the concept. I had actually never heard of Ada before reading this book and I was immediately captivated. I love that she continued to pursue her dreams her entire life and imagined great things for the future. The illustrations are incredibly detailed and colorful adding to the magic of the story.
I highly recommend picking up a copy.