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Ada Lovelace July 2012

Ada Lovelace

Ada Lovelace

Analyst, Metaphysician, and Founder of Scientific Computing

First Programmer

Ada called herself "an Analyst (& Metaphysician)," and the combination was put to use in the Notes. She understood the plans for the device as well as Babbage but was better at articulating its promise. She rightly saw it as what we would call a general-purpose computer. It was suited for "developping [sic] and tabulating any function whatever. . . the engine [is] the material expression of any indefinite function of any degree of generality and complexity." Her Notes anticipate future developments, including computer-generated music.

Success at Programming

Contribution to Modern World

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