How Ada Lovelace Became Famous Again

The career of computer science pioneer Ada Lovelace has been shrouded in mystery since her death in 1852. Even today her contributions to science are often overshadowed by the Victorian equivalent of Twitter gossip about her life. And yet that gossip is part of what made her life so futuristic. » 10/28/14 3:55pm 10/28/14 3:55pm

Saturday Webcomic: The Not-Quite Historical Adventures of Ada Lovelace…

Tuesday was Ada Lovelace Day, a day when we celebrate women in science and remember the contributions of Augusta Ada Byron, later the Countess of Lovelace, who wrote devised an algorithm for Charles Babbage's analytical engine. Cartoonist Sydney Padua celebrates Lovelace in her webcomic 2D Goggles, or The Thrilling… » 10/20/12 8:30am 10/20/12 8:30am

An Ada Lovelace-Mary Shelley team-up, an encyclopedia of Golden Age…

There are always wonderful projects in need of crowdfunding, and we've rounded up some fun campaigns vying for your dollars: a children's book about the early adventures of Mary Shelley and Ada Lovelace, a US stage tour for a Jurassic Park parody, some mathematically beautiful wall clocks, and an encyclopedia of our… » 4/08/12 12:30pm 4/08/12 12:30pm

Bringing back Babbage

19th century inventor Charles Babbage never lived to finish his analytical engine, a punchcard computer that was decades ahead of its time, but now Babbage aficionados are finally building this device. Jennifer Oullette of Cocktail Party Physics has the details. » 10/16/10 11:45am 10/16/10 11:45am

Marie Curie and Ada Lovelace t-shirts: Put some lady science heroes on…

ThinkGeek has launched a Heroine line, featuring women who've helped change the world. And Marie Curie (who discovered radiation) and Ada Lovelace (who invented computer programming) fit the bill. Plus, a dollar of each sale goes to charity. [Wonderland] » 5/21/10 10:00am 5/21/10 10:00am

Great Moments in Alternate History: Charles Babbage

In real life, Charles Babbage was a relatively unknown inventor who pioneered early computers. In modern alternate reality fiction, Babbage is a mad genius and steampunk icon. Here are some authors who resurrected Babbage's career a century later. » 3/28/10 1:02pm 3/28/10 1:02pm

Babbage and Lovelace Fight Crime with the Power of Math


If Charles Babbage and Ada Lovelace had managed to complete the Analytical Engine and usher in an age of Victorian computing, what would they do next? According to one comic, the obvious answer is: team up and fight crime. » 7/20/09 11:00am 7/20/09 11:00am