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The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage: The (Mostly) True Story… (2015)

by Sydney Padua

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So fun! Kind of wish there had been more to the story than there ended up being. But still, lots of fun. ( )
  gossamerchild88 | Mar 30, 2018 |
A nicely-drawn and informative book about these two early computing pioneers, their times and contemporaries. Part of the book is the actual history of the pair, and part is an amusing sequence of hypotheticals set in a universe where Babbage's analytical engine had actually been built. Finally there is an appendix which illustrates and explains the Engine. ( )
  questbird | Dec 24, 2017 |
Had this book merely been composed of the comics we were promised on the front cover, it would have been charming enough. But where I really fell in love with this book was the NOTES. Footnote after footnote, then piles of endnotes after that, then footnotes in the appendices! Padua is clearly my kind of geek. She's not content just to present you with a clever comic, she's going to make sure that you are in on all of the jokes, prove just exactly how clever she is, and then back up nearly every single line and drawing with primary and secondary sources, leaping right into the fray of "How Important Was Ada Lovelace, Really?"

It's lovely and wonderful. I hope Padua writes more. ( )
  greeniezona | Dec 6, 2017 |
(Rating: 4.0 /5.0, even) ( )
  rabbit.blackberry | Oct 19, 2017 |
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How, when, and where this vision occurred it is unnecessary for me at present to state.
--Charles Babbage, Passages from the Life of a Philosopher
"The wisest and the best of men, nay, the wisest and the best of their actions, may be rendered ridiculous by a person whose first object in life is a joke."
--Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice
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For my mother
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It was in a pub somewhere in London in the spring of 2009 that I undertook to draw a very short comic for the web, to illustrate the very brief life of Ada Lovelace.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0307908275, Hardcover)

THE THRILLING ADVENTURES OF LOVELACE AND BABBAGE . . . in which Sydney Padua transforms one of the most compelling scientific collaborations into a hilarious series of adventures.

Meet Victorian London’s most dynamic duo: Charles Babbage, the unrealized inventor of the computer, and his accomplice, Ada, Countess of Lovelace, the peculiar protoprogrammer and daughter of Lord Byron. When Lovelace translated a description of Babbage’s plans for an enormous mechanical calculating machine in 1842, she added annotations three times longer than the original work. Her footnotes contained the first appearance of the general computing theory, a hundred years before an actual computer was built. Sadly, Lovelace died of cancer a decade after publishing the paper, and Babbage never built any of his machines.

But do not despair! The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage presents a rollicking alternate reality in which Lovelace and Babbage do build the Difference Engine and then use it to build runaway economic models, battle the scourge of spelling errors, explore the wilder realms of mathematics, and, of course, fight crime—for the sake of both London and science. Complete with extensive footnotes that rival those penned by Lovelace herself, historical curiosities, and never-before-seen diagrams of Babbage’s mechanical, steam-powered computer, The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage is wonderfully whimsical, utterly unusual, and, above all, entirely irresistible.

(With black-and-white illustrations throughout.) 

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:12:12 -0400)

Meet Victorian London's most dynamic duo: Charles Babbage, the unrealized inventor of the computer, and his accomplice, Ada, Countess of Lovelace, the peculiar protoprogrammer and daughter of Lord Byron. When Lovelace translated a description of Babbage's plans for an enormous mechanical calculating machine in 1842, she added annotations three times longer than the original work. Her footnotes contained the first appearance of the general computing theory, a hundred years before an actual computer was built. Sadly, Lovelace died of cancer a decade after publishing the paper, and Babbage never built any of his machines. But do not despair! The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage presents a rollicking alternate reality in which Lovelace and Babbage do build the Difference Engine and then use it to build runaway economic models, battle the scourge of spelling errors, explore the wilder realms of mathematics, and, of course, fight crime -- for the sake of both London and science. Complete with extensive footnotes that rival those penned by Lovelace herself, historical curiosities, and never-before-seen diagrams of Babbage's mechanical, steam-powered computer.… (more)

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