I, Ada

Publisher: Andersen Press

Ada Lovelace is widely regarded as the world’s first computer programmer for her calculations work with Charles Babbage on the Analytical Engine, a theoretical forerunner to the first digital computer. Yet, for many years, her contribution to the history of computer technology was overlooked.

Ada was also the daughter of the poet Lord Byron and was as such rich and privileged, which allowed her to pursue her studies in mathematics and science, despite her mother’s disapproval that these were not suitable pursuits for young ladies.

Ada Lovelace has recently been profiled in a number of excellent nonfiction biographies, but it’s a delight to read Julia Gray’s fictionalised memoir told in a very believable Ada voice. Reminding us that Ada was also a young woman growing up in a restrictive era, with all the normal desires and dreams young people have, Gray’s Ada is smart, visionary, funny and totally relatable. I, Ada is a great way to learn about an important historical figure and enjoy a great story with an engaging narrator at the same time.

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