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Author Topic: 14th Oct: Ada Lovelace Day - Celebrate women in science  (Read 1025 times)
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« on: October 14, 2014, 12:10:17 am »

As discussed a few years ago (http://brassgoggles.co.uk/forum/index.php/topic,23045.0.html), today is Ada Lovelace Day. As the first computer programmer, she worked with Charles Babbage and was a pioneer in a skill that is vital to the modern world. If only she had been able to make the most of it in her time.

So celebrate the contribution of women to the sciences and engineering!

http://findingada.com/about/who-was-ada/

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« Reply #1 on: October 14, 2014, 12:52:18 am »

Indeed, let us raise a refreshing cup to the Queen of Engineers, so tragically plucked from us at a relatively tender age.

Here's to you, Madam, and to your sisters in science.
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« Reply #2 on: October 14, 2014, 06:47:23 am »

Thank you Sorontar, for being the first to remind us of this momentous day and the wonderful lady (and ladies) it honors!


Author Gail Carriger (The Parasol Protectorate series, The Finishing School series) has a blog entry talking about her and other female scientists:
http://gailcarriger.blogspot.com/2014/10/tomorrow-is-ada-lovelace-day.html
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From The New Yorker (last year):
http://www.newyorker.com/tech/elements/ada-lovelace-the-first-tech-visionary
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From The Guardian:
http://www.theguardian.com/childrens-books-site/2014/oct/12/my-inspiration-chris-riddell-on-ada-lovelace
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For our newer members, here's a bit of reading if you want to learn more about Augusta Ada King, Countess of Lovelace:

Charman-Anderson, Suw (ed.):
A Passion for Science:  Stories of Discovery and Invention
(Chapter 8:  "Ada Lovelace:  Victorian Computing Visionary")

Essinger, James:
A Female Genius:  How Ada Lovelace, Lord Byron's Daughter, Started the Computer Age
Ada's Algorithm:  How Lord Byron's Daughter Ada Lovelace Launched the Digital Age
(The second one looks to be a second edition of the first.)

Isaacson, Walter:
The Innovators:  How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution
(Chapter 1:  "Ada, Countess of Lovelace")

Lethbridge, Lucy:
Who Was...Ada Lovelace:  Computer Wizard of Victorian England

Stein, Dorothy:
Ada:  A Life and a Legacy

Toole, Betty Alexandra:
Ada, the Enchantress of Numbers:  Prophet of the Computer Age
Ada, the Enchantress of Numbers: A Selection from the Letters of Lord Byron's Daughter and Her Description of the First Computer
(These appear to be alternate titles for the same edition.)

Wade, Mary Dodson:
Ada Byron Lovelace:  The Lady and the Computer

Warrick, Patricia:
Charles Babbage and the Countess

Woolley, Benjamin:
The Bride of Science:  Romance, Reason, and Byron's Daughter
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« Reply #3 on: October 14, 2014, 07:36:58 am »

Not to forget -  http://sydneypadua.com/2dgoggles/lovelace-the-origin-2/
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« Reply #4 on: October 14, 2014, 08:50:03 pm »

There are many others, madame Curie who's work with X rays has helped millions of people with broken bones (and who's research caused her death), one of the discoverers of the structure of DNA if I remember right, Mary Anning the Paleontologist, Lady Fynnes (of nursery rhyme fame....rode a white horse) the cartographer and many others.

Rather spooky but today I sold my 'Madomoiselle Montgolfier and the Lillenthal ladies' picture which I did based on the thought of 'what if it had been their sisters who pioneered flight'? I will point out that coincidence to the purchaser when he picks it up on Thursday at the end of the exhibition.





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« Reply #5 on: October 14, 2014, 11:04:59 pm »

The original post from 2010 says that Ada Lovelace day is March 24th- Why the move to October 14th (which is already taken- Battle of Hastings in 1066 & all that)?
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« Reply #6 on: October 16, 2014, 05:41:34 am »

The original post from 2010 says that Ada Lovelace day is March 24th- Why the move to October 14th (which is already taken- Battle of Hastings in 1066 & all that)?


From http://findingada.com/about/faq/
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Why is Ada Lovelace Day in October?
People often ask why Ada Lovelace Day is the day that it is. The explanation is rather mundane: the date is arbitrary, chosen in an attempt to make the day maximally convenient for the most number of people. We have tried to avoid major public holidays, school holidays, exam season, and times of the year when people might be hibernating.
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« Reply #7 on: October 11, 2016, 07:27:32 pm »

Apparently this year Ada Lovelace Day is october 11th.
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« Reply #8 on: October 16, 2016, 12:56:05 pm »

The explanation now places it as the second Tues in October:

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Why October 11?

People often ask why Ada Lovelace Day is the day that it is. The explanation is rather mundane: the date is arbitrary, chosen in an attempt to make the day maximally convenient for the most number of people. We have tried to avoid major public holidays, school holidays, exam season, and times of the year when people might be hibernating. So, we use the second Tuesday in October, which is 11 October 2016.

Why not just used Ada's birthday? Well, Ada was born on 10 December and, in the UK where Ada Lovelace Day is based, December is swamped by Christmas parties, making venue hire tricky and putting us in competition with traditionally unmissable employee booze-ups. Given her tragically early death at just 36, it would feel inappropriate to celebrate her deathday on 27 November.
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« Reply #9 on: October 16, 2016, 06:51:56 pm »

Easy enough to remember for our Dominion brethren and sisthren - it's the day after Thanksgiving.
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« Reply #10 on: May 25, 2017, 09:37:54 pm »

The original post from 2010 says that Ada Lovelace day is March 24th- Why the move to October 14th (which is already taken- Battle of Hastings in 1066 & all that)?

Or was Ada AT the battle of Hastings in 1066?
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« Reply #11 on: May 26, 2017, 12:51:45 am »

In the Northern Hemisphere (former) Dominion - We down under don't 'do' thanksgiving!
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