Ada Lovelace: A Female Genius

I’ve been enjoying James Essinger’s very readable ‘A Female Genius’ ( - a biography of Ada Lovelace in which he examines all her letters including those to Charles Babbage. He comes to the conclusion that her vision was more far-reaching and insightful than Babbage’s and that, had he had the grace to recognise this, the history of computing might have been different.

The Lovelace-Babbage collaboration is only a small part of the book which is more concerned with describing the context in which Ada Lovelace managed to get as far as she did in a society which believed that mathematical study might damage female brains.

I’ve read a little bit about her and she seems to be an extraordinary woman. It’s funny that her last name is such an opposite to another Lovelace that we know :slight_smile: