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Today is Ada Lovelace Day

Ada Lovelace Day is an international day of blogging to celebrate the achievements of women in technology and science.

http://newswatch.nationalgeographic.com/2012/10/16/ada-lovelace-day/

http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/notrocketscience/2012/10/16/happy-ada-lovelace-day-a-celebration-of-women-science-writers/

 

The Analytical Engine has no pretensions whatever to originate
anything. It can do whatever we know how to order it to perform. It can
follow analysis; but it has no power of anticipating any analytical
relations or truths. Its province is to assist us in making available
what we are already acquainted with.

    — Lovelace, Ada. Notes upon L. F. Menabrea’s “Sketch of The Analytical Engine Invented by Charles Babbage”. 1842.


We may say most aptly, that the Analytical Engine weaves algebraical
patterns just as the Jacquard-loom weaves flowers and leaves.

     — Lovelace, Ada. Notes upon L. F. Menabrea’s “Sketch of The Analytical Engine Invented by Charles Babbage”. 1842.

 

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  1. LoPxie Artful LoPxie Artful December 10, 2012

    it is ada lovelace’s birthday today.. googling things may be rather useful sometimes, and they had a quite nice picture of her really..

    i am only just finding out about her properly. she is a terribly interesting person.

    i like this cartoon because it says poets are dangerous

    …and this page is quite interesting, ‘specially because an awful lot of gentlemen wrote nasty things about her because they didn’t think a girl should be good at maths..

    …and this one says she invented electronic music, and i like that rather a lot.

    so i should like to wish her a happy birthday!

    ((i’m sorry if someone has posted these before, i just thought they were interesting ))

  2. Orpheus Angkarn Orpheus Angkarn December 11, 2012

    I was going to post about the Google Doodle, but I see that Lo has beat me to it…

    (For those of you who might see this too late)

    Ada Lovelace’s 197th Birthday

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