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  • Published: 19 September 2016
  • ISBN: 9780141981536
  • Imprint: Penguin Press
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 320
  • RRP: $30.00
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The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage

The (Mostly) True Story of the First Computer




'My new favourite book. It has everything. Byron, maths, imaginary computers, emotion' - Matt Haig

Meet two of Victorian London's greatest geniuses... Ada Lovelace, daughter of Lord Byron: mathematician, gambler, and proto-programmer, whose writings contained the first ever appearance of general computing theory. And Charles Babbage, eccentric inventor of the Difference Engine, an enormous clockwork calculating machine that would have been the first computer...

  • Published: 19 September 2016
  • ISBN: 9780141981536
  • Imprint: Penguin Press
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 320
  • RRP: $30.00
Categories:

Praise for The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage

So impossibly funny, clever, demented, charming and altogether wonderful that I was a convert within three pages. Buy it for everyone you know, regardless of what you think they like. Brilliant stuff

Lucy Mangan, Book of the Year, Stylist

An utter joy... Padua has done her research: she has teased out the connections between Babbage, Lovelace and what would seem to be the whole of Victorian culture and society - and done so in a way that appears almost effortless on the page, her light, easy graphic style an excellent vehicle not only for deep and complex thought, but for excellent, and sometimes excellently corny, jokes. This is a book to reread, not just read

Nicholas Lezard, Guardian

My new favourite book. It has everything. Byron, maths, imaginary computers, emotion

Matt Haig, author of Reasons to Stay Alive

The book does more than simply celebrate the genius of the first computer programmer, it encourages us to turn our imagination to technology - just as Lovelace did. And that's an inspiration to us all

Nicola Davis, Observer Tech Monthly

The wittiest, best-researched and most original tribute yet paid to the achievements of Ada Lovelace... An astonishing debut... a book that ought to be ordered in triplicate by every school in the land... Ingenious as a textbook, marvellous fun as inventive biography

Miranda Seymour, Literary Review

Rich with in-jokes, warmth and charm... It's difficult not to be ignited by Sydney Padua's enthusiasm. There is so much to discover that I'll treasure my copy for years to come

Hannah Fry, BBC Focus

A stylish, funny graphic novel featuring Ada Lovelace, estranged daughter of Lord Byron, and co-programmer, had it ever been built, of the "mathematical engine". Playful, earnest, and beautifully drawn, the book cuts a swathe through early computing theory, explores Ada's relationship with Charles Babbage, and brings to the fore one of the unsung heroines of science

Sarah Hall, Independent

There is no way around this, Sydney Padua's Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage is bloody brilliant... and educational too

Robin Ince

I love it... everyone is getting a copy

Martha Lane-Fox

Wonderful and genuinely informative... Padua's gorgeous art and very funny text are combined with factual footnotes to create an utterly unique and enormously enjoyable book -

Anna Carey, Irish Times

Sydney Padua's smart and sassy steampunk science graphic novel is a delightful mixture of research and invention, dressed up in Padua's bouncy cartooning. If nothing else, it is one of the best introductions to its real-life heroine, proto-computer programmer Ada Lovelace, you could wish for. If only all science lessons could be this much fun

Herald Scotland

Immensely delightful and illuminating... Padua delivers a thoroughly unsynthesizable range of enchantment and elucidation

Maria Popova, Brain Pickings

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