Ada Lovelace was the daughter of Lord Byron who was a crazy freak, but as an English major I love him. But for real he drank wine out of a skull. I’m not even kidding.
Ada Lovelace created an algorithm for basically a hypothetical computer which considering she did most of her research in the early 1900s is pretty amazing. Technically this made her the first computer programmer.
Her mom pushed her towards science and math to distract her from potentially being crazy like her dad because back then there was no Xanax.
She was so good at math and science that she hung out with smart dudes all day and befriended Charles Babbage who worked on an “analytical machine” aka a computer.
While others including Babbage just thought of a computer in terms of a calculator, Ada was like “nope”.
She surmised that a thinking machine wasn't bound by pure numbers, and that instead could calculate and think in a sense, on its own and manipulate numbers into other abstract concepts. Girl was complicated. Aren't we all?
Also, Lovelace was supported by Michael Faraday which has no significance other than the fact that I remember learning about him in high school and his name haunts me till this day.
While researching I did think it was cool that she hung out and theorized with smart dudes who took her seriously and respected her skills as a mathematician and scientist, especially back at the turn of the century.
Girl had the admiration of her male peers even back in the day, and that's pretty groovy. Let's make that happen more in today's world, guys. Let just make it happen.
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