Author: Fiona Robinson; Reader: Rosalyn Landor.
Ada Lovelace (1815-1852) was the daughter of Lord Byron, a poet, and Anna Isabella Milbanke, a mathematician. Her parents separated when she was young, and her mother insisted on a logic focused education, rejecting Byron's love of poetry. But Ada remained fascinated with her father and considered mathematics "poetical science." Through her friendship with inventor Charles Babbage, she became involved in "programming" his Analytical Engine, a precursor to the computer, thus becoming the world's first computer programmer. This biography of Ada Lovelace is a compelling portrait of a woman who saw the potential for numbers to make art.