Computer science: Enchantress of abstraction

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Computer science: Enchantress of abstraction : Nature : Nature Publishing GroupRichard Holmes re-examines the legacy of Ada Lovelace, mathematician and computer pioneer.

The bicentenary of Augusta Ada King, Countess of Lovelace, heralds the critical reassessment of a remarkable figure in the history of Victorian science. Ada Lovelace (as she is now known) was 27 years old and married with 3 children when she published the first account of a prototype computer and its possible applications in 1843. Her 20,000-word paper was appended as seven Notes to a translation of a descriptive article, Sketch of the Analytical Engine Invented by Charles Babbage, Esq.

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