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Topic: Lady Ada Lovelace - 1st (19th century) computer programmer linocut  (Read 6452 times)
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« on: May 21, 2009 02:41:58 PM »


This is a lino block print of Countess, Lady Ada Lovelace (1815-1852), who published the first computer program. She worked together with Charles Babbage, the inventor of the Difference Engine and the Analytical Engine (the first - analogue! - computers), correcting his notes on how to calculate Bernoulli Numbers with the Analytical Engine. More importantly, she (a great communicator, daughter of mad, bad and dangerous to know Lord Byron) was able to understand and explain the workings of the analytical engine and the potential of computing machines. Her comments seem visionary to the modern reader. Babbage called her the Enchantress of Numbers and the Princess of Parallelograms.

The print is in gold, purple and turquoise water-based block printing ink on mauve Japanese gampi paper 15.25 inches x 10.5 inches.

(carving three equations is a new level of insanity for me)

I also tried printing her in silver and turquoise on white kozo paper:


Women in technology have a longer history than is generally known. Smiley
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« Reply #1 on: May 21, 2009 02:58:30 PM »

That is so beautiful!  And such an interesting story.  Just fantastic  Grin
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« Reply #2 on: May 21, 2009 03:05:05 PM »

Thanks very much marmalade_skies. Her fascinating story drove me to it. Wink
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« Reply #3 on: May 21, 2009 03:08:04 PM »

This is awesome!  You are very good at linocuts, and also your choice of subject matter is always interesting.  I like the first, darker version. 


also here is a small comic about ada lovelece:  http://www.harkavagrant.com/index.php?id=141
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« Reply #4 on: May 21, 2009 03:09:27 PM »

this is great!!
i am kind of bad with names, but i think she appears also as a fictionalized version of herself in the steampunk fiction novel The Difference Engine.  i forgot the name of the author(s) but it was a pretty good book.

i always liked the idea of Lady Ada, although i have not read deeply about her...

... and also of Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz (an even earlier "renaissance woman") who said that if men knew how to cook they would be better at science and philosophy.  she saw no contradiction between the "manly" and the "womanly" arts and felt that they enhanced each other.
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« Reply #5 on: May 21, 2009 06:30:44 PM »

True story.  Awesome display.  Nice work.
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« Reply #6 on: May 22, 2009 11:49:56 AM »

Very nice! You are braver than I, as I don't think I would ever attempt to cut equations. Love the gears!
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« Reply #7 on: May 22, 2009 05:30:51 PM »

merricat17 - Hey, thanks very much!
I like the darker version better too.
I really like Kate Beaton comics - thanks for the link to the one about Ada Lovelace.

Thanks Nataluna - I will have to look for The Difference Engine. I read a biography of Charles Babbage, but have not read any books about Ada (either fiction or non-fiction). Also, I was not familiar with Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz (who sounds very wise). I will have to look her up too! Smiley

Thanks pinokeeo!

Spiffyhink - thank you... bravery, stubbornness or dubious sanity, I do not know. Wink
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« Reply #8 on: May 23, 2009 07:06:47 AM »

Thanks Nataluna - I will have to look for The Difference Engine. I read a biography of Charles Babbage, but have not read any books about Ada (either fiction or non-fiction). Also, I was not familiar with Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz (who sounds very wise). I will have to look her up too! Smiley

Sor Juana was very clever and funny, you wouldn't think they had funny feminists in the 1600s, but they did.

if you understand the end of The Difference Engine, please PM me.  Roll Eyes i was disappointed with the ending, but i think it was because i didn't understand it.  Huh
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« Reply #9 on: May 23, 2009 12:53:59 PM »

This is fantastic! And, I'd read about her, but kind of forgot about her after that. Next year, I think I'll be starting a "Girls in Math & Science" program at my school, and Lady Ada will definitely be highlighted.

You did a fabulous job cutting out all of the intricate details! Do you rely on an exacto knife, or do you use lino cutters?
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