Ada, The Enchantress of Numbers

by Betty Alexandra Toole, Ed.D.

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Ada, The Enchantress of Numbers:
Poetical Science Ada, The Enchantress of Numbers:
Prophet of the Computer Age Ada, The Enchantress of Numbers: The Birth of the Computer Revolution
Ada, The Enchantress of Numbers: Poetical Science
eBook Edition (2010)
350 pages, 55 illustrations
ISBN 9790615398167
Published by Critical Connection
cover art copyright 2010 Jeff Burnam
cover art elements coutesy of Corbis Images

Ada, The Enchantress of Numbers: Prophet of the Computer Age
Revised Paperback Edition (1998)
5" x 8", 324 pages, 4 illustrations
ISBN 0-912647-18-3
Published by Strawberry Press

Ada, The Enchantress of Numbers
Hardback Edition (1992)
6.25" x 9.25", 456 pages, 80 illustrations
ISBN 0-912647-09-4
Published by Strawberry Press
Out of Print

The Birth of the Computer Revolution
Poster (1993)
24" x 28"

Ada on the limits of computing:
"The Analytical Engine has no pretensions whatever to originate anything. It can do whatever we know how to order it to perform. It can follow analysis; but it has no power of anticipating any analytical relations or truths."

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Ada on computer music:
"Supposing, for instance, that the fundamental relations of pitched sounds in the science of harmony and of musical composition were susceptible of such expression and adaptations, the engine might compose elaborate and scientific pieces of music of any degree of complexity or extent."

Ada, The Enchantress of Numbers: Poetical Science

Table of Contents

Time Line
Family Tree
Cast of Characters
Scientific Trinity
1.Child of Love, Nurtured in Convulsion [1815-1816]
2. The Death of a Father, Cats and Flying Machines [1815-1816]
3. Conversational Litigation, I Am an Altered Person, Ada Meets Babbage, The Rainbow [1829-1834]
4. From Calculating Machines to the Difference Engine [1833]
5. Make It Part of Your Mind, Solving Unsolvable Equations, The Universal Machine 1834-1835]
6. The Royal Road to Love, Marriage, and Establishing Three Households, The Birth of Byron [1835-1836]
7. Two More Children, Ada Becomes a Countess, Gift of Tongues [1836-1839]
8. A Peculiar Way of Learning, Immeasurable Vista, Solitaire, The Great Unknown [1839-1841]
9. In Due Time I Shall Be a Poet, A Scientific Trinity, A Most Strange and Dreadful History [1841]
10. I Have a Duty to Perform, Avis-Phoenix, Will-o'-the-Wisps [1841]
11. Scorn and Fury, Poetical Genius, Not Dropping the Thread of Mathematics, A Nice Colony of Friends [1842]
12. Working Like the Devil, A Fairy in Your Service
13. What a General I Would Make, An Analyst and a Metaphysician [1843]
14. Multitudinous Charlatans and the Enchantress of Numbers [1843]
15. The Analyst and the Metaphysician, and the Analytical Engine: A Selection from Ada's Notes [1843]
16. Fairy Guidance, My Metaphysical Child, Caged Bird [1843-1844]
17. Planetary Systems, Not a Snail-Shell But a Molecular Laboratory, A Newton for the Molecular Universe [1844]
18. A Calculus of the Nervous System, A Hospitable Chaos, The Traitor, Too Much Mathematics [1844]
19. Vestiges, Obedient with Safety, Poetical Science [1845-1846]
20. A Transition State [1846-1850]
21. Spasms of the heart, A Few More Years [1849-1850]
22.Voltigeur, Everyone is Grossly Slandered, Cold Stone Behind [1850]
23. Descending into the Grave, Resurrection, Be a Gypsy, Doomsday [1850-1851]
24.The Great Exhibition, Not £5 in My Purse, Give the Despots a Shove [1851]
25.The Dragon and the Rainbow [1851-1852]
Appendix I: Bibliographies, Biographies, including Web addresses
Appendix II: Critical Questions along the Pathway to the 21st Century
*Though the footnotes are not included in the e-book edition, Appendix I has extensive information for people who want to know more about the subject.

Ada on the enchanted loom:
"We may say most aptly that the Analytical Engine weaves algebraical patterns just as the Jacquard-loom weaves flowers and leaves."

About the Author

Dr. Betty Alexandra Toole received both her undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of California at Berkeley. In addition to her two previous editions of Ada, the Enchantress of Numbers, she has written extensively about Ada for many publications: The Byron Journal, Scientific American, Annals of the History of Computing, Happy Mutant Handbook, as well as many Internet sites. She loves being with her family, playing SCRABBLE®, Greek dancing, collecting kaleidoscopes, and traveling.

Articles & Contributions

E.E. Kim and B. A. Toole, "Ada and the First Computer," Scientific American, May, 1999 (Vol. 280 No. 5), pp. 66-71. (translated into German in Spectrum, July 1999; translated into French in Pour La Science, July 1999).

B.A. Toole, "Ada Byron, Lady Lovelace, An Analyst and Metaphysician," IEEE Annals of the History of Computing, Fall 1996 (Vol. 18, No. 3), pp. 4-12.

B.A. Toole, "Lady Lovelace, The Enchantress of Numbers", in The Happy Mutant Handbook, M. Frauenfelder, C. Sinclair, G. Branwyn, and W. Kreth, Eds., New York: Riverhead Books, 1995.

B.A. Toole, "Poetical Science," Byron Journal, 1987.

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