Charles Babbage & Ada Lovelace and the Invention of a Mechanical Computer

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The Steampunk Symposium 2020 Program presents the story of Charles Babbage and Ada Lovelace’s quest to make a 19th century computer.

Presented by John Monahan.

The industrial revolution was in full swing by the 1840’s, but two extraordinary individuals had another revolution in mind, a computer revolution. 40 years before the invention of the 1st light bulb mathematician and inventor Charles Babbage along with the brilliant Ada Lovelace tried to create a functioning computer. Their story is one of the greatest what if’s in the history of science.

John Monahan is a science writer and teacher. He has taught a variety of sciences for elementary, middle and high school students. He is author of They Called Me Mad: Genius, Madness and the Scientists Who Pushed the Outer Limits of Knowledge. His latest book is Babbage & Lovelace: The Victorian Computer Wizard and the Enchantress of Numbers.



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