Google remembers the first programmer computational, Ada Lovelace, with a doodle
Augusta Ada King, Countess of Lovelace, was born 197 years ago – in 1815 – known as the daughter of the poet Lord Byron and Anne Isabelle Milbanke mathematics. Today is remembered by a Google doodle, highlighting their contributions to computing.
Ada studied science and mathematics at a young age, following in the footsteps of her mother. When she was 17, she became friends with Charles Babbage , and became fascinated with the idea of building it an “analytical engine” – considered the first mechanical computer.
In 1843, Ada published a description of what was Babbage’s machine, adding several personal notes to the document. These notes included step by step instructions on how the machine could calculate a sequence of Bernoulli numbers – the first published algorithm in history.
Ada notes went beyond the “analytical engine”. While Babbage focused on a mathematical calculator, Ada understood that, in essence, this was a machine capable of manipulating symbols according to rules defined, and that there was no reason why these symbols should only be numbers and equations.
Ada argued that such a machine could do much more than just math. For example, he thought that could be used to compose music. It was an important conceptual leap, going from “calculate” a “compute”. Ada took the view that a computer would be able to perform different tasks million, limited only by the creativity of the programmer.
Link: Honouring computing’s 1843 visionary, Lady Ada Lovelace (Google)