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Author Topic: Ada Lovelace, Aviatrix  (Read 1731 times)
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« on: October 12, 2016, 03:33:52 pm »

I was just reading the Wikipedia entry for Ada Lovelace and I found out something that I had never heard before:

At age 12 this future "Lady Fairy", as Charles Babbage affectionately called her, decided she wanted to fly. Ada went about the project methodically, thoughtfully, with imagination and passion. Her first step in February 1828, was to construct wings. She investigated different material and sizes. She considered various materials for the wings: paper, oilsilk, wires and feathers. She examined the anatomy of birds to determine the right proportion between the wings and the body. She decided to write a book Flyology illustrating, with plates, some of her findings. She decided what equipment she would need, for example, a compass, to "cut across the country by the most direct road", so that she could surmount mountains, rivers and valleys. Her final step was to integrate steam with the "art of flying".

How different might things have been if she had stuck to this childhood obsession.
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« Reply #1 on: October 12, 2016, 03:46:49 pm »

One wonders why she gave it up? Maybe realization that it was not possible with then-current technology?

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« Reply #2 on: October 15, 2016, 04:45:43 am »

Good job.  Better for her to stay indoors, not get her hair all frizzy and, err, conceive the general purpose computer instead  Wink

I like Flyology.  It must be what the birds study when they're little. 
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« Reply #3 on: October 15, 2016, 06:30:38 am »

The Lady Ava Lovelace and Rear Adm Grace Hopper ( deceased ) are both my heroes ... heroines ?

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