publication . Article . 2017

The early mathematical education of Ada Lovelace

Christopher Hollings; Ursula Martin; Adrian Rice;
Open Access English
  • Published: 01 Jun 2017
  • Country: United Kingdom
Abstract
Ada, Countess of Lovelace, is remembered for a paper published in 1843, which translated and considerably extended an article about the unbuilt Analytical Engine, a general-purpose computer designed by the mathematician and inventor Charles Babbage. Her substantial appendices, nearly twice the length of the original work, contain an account of the principles of the machine, along with a table often described as ‘the first computer program’. In this paper we look at Lovelace's education before 1840, which encompassed older traditions of practical geometry; newer textbooks influenced by continental approaches; wide reading; and a fascination with machinery. We als...
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free text keywords: History and Philosophy of Science, Education, Mathematics (miscellaneous), Computer program, Mathematics education, Mathematics
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publication . Article . 2017

The early mathematical education of Ada Lovelace

Christopher Hollings; Ursula Martin; Adrian Rice;