The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage

The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage is a steam punk webcomic, and now a book, by Sydney Padua. It tells the story of our heroes Ada Lovelace and Charles Babbage who actually do “build the Difference Engine and use it to create runaway economic models, battle the scourge of spelling errors, explore the wider realms of mathematics and, of course, fight crime.” Ok it’s clearly taking liberties with the historical facts (if you want that story read chapter 2 of my book The Universal Machine), but it’s great to see such interesting characters in the early history of computing entering the realm of popular culture  – perhaps Alan Turing next codebreaker and crime fighter!
[Forgot to mention there’s also a free iPad app]

from The Universal Machine

About driwatson
I'm a New Zealand author, computer scientist and blogger specialising in Artificial Intelligence. I also have an interest in the history of computing and have just written a popular science book called "The Universal Machine - from the dawn of computing to digital consciousness."

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