Sunday, 25 January 2009

Ada Lovelace Day Pledge

Ada Lovelace was one of the world’s first computer programmers, and one of the first people to see computers as more than just a machine for doing sums. She wrote programmes for Charles Babbage’s Analytical Engine, a general-purpose computing machine, despite the fact that it was never built.

Suw Charman-Anderson pledged to write a blog on a woman in technology on March 24, but only if 1000 others agreed to do so also. To date there have been 1,244 pledges. I have joined intending to write about Gabrielle Émilie Le Tonnelier de Breteuil, marquise du Châtelet, French mathematician, physicist, and author.

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