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The Resource Ada Byron Lovelace and the thinking machine, by Laurie Wallmark ; illustrated by April Chu

Ada Byron Lovelace and the thinking machine, by Laurie Wallmark ; illustrated by April Chu

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Ada Byron Lovelace and the thinking machine
Title
Ada Byron Lovelace and the thinking machine
Statement of responsibility
by Laurie Wallmark ; illustrated by April Chu
Creator
Contributor
Author
Illustrator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Offers an illustrated telling of the story of Ada Byron Lovelace, from her early creative fascination with mathematics and science and her devastating bout with measles, to the ground-breaking algorithm she wrote for Charles Babbage's analytical engine
Illustration
Award
  • Amelia Bloomer Lists, 2016
  • Best STEM Books, 2017
  • Booklist Editors' Choice: Books for Youth, 2015
Review
  • /* Starred Review */ Gr 1 – 4 — This well-written and handsomely illustrated picture book biography details how Ada Lovelace Byron was able to write the first computer program more than 100 years before the first computer was built. Ever since she was a young girl, Lovelace was fascinated by numbers. As she was growing up, she filled her journals with ideas for inventions and equations. Her mother provided tutors to further develop Lovelace's passion for mathematics. When one of these tutors invited Lovelace and her mother to a gathering of scientists, she met the famous mathematician and inventor Charles Babbage. He was so impressed by Lovelace's knowledge that he invited her to his laboratory, where she learned about his idea for an Analytical Engine, a mechanical computer that would solve difficult problems by working them through step-by-step. She realized that this "computer" would only work if it were provided with detailed instructions, and after much work, she succeeded in writing what is now referred to as the first computer program and in creating the profession of computer programming. The descriptive text and dazzling spreads work seamlessly to provide a sense of Lovelace's growing passion for mathematics and invention. The illustrations reflect the 19th-century setting and contain numerous supporting details. For example, gears that will eventually become part of the design of the Analytic Engine are featured throughout: in the corners of the title page, on the pages of Ada's journals, and on Babbage's chalkboard. VERDICT An excellent addition to STEM collections.—Myra Zarnowski, City University of New York --Myra Zarnowski (Reviewed December 1, 2015) (School Library Journal, vol 61, issue 12, p140)
  • /* Starred Review */ Wallmark makes her children's book debut with an inspiring and informative account of 19th-century mathematician Lovelace, who is considered to be the world's first computer programmer. Lovelace's mathematical passions are evident from the first pages, as Chu shows the infant in a bassinet, reaching for a mobile of stars and numbers (she's adjoined by her mother, whose own interests earned her the nickname "The Princess of Parallelograms," and her father, poet Lord Byron). Wallmark moves swiftly through Lovelace's life, facing obstacles that included a bout of measles that temporarily left her blind and paralyzed, as well as societal attitudes toward women in the sciences. Lovelace found a kindred spirit in inventor Charles Babbage, eventually creating "the world's first computer program" for his Analytical Machine. Chu brings the same grace and precision to this book as she did to In a Village by the Sea, and her finely detailed pencilwork is ideally suited to the schematics, blueprints, and mechanical implements that surround Lovelace and Babbage as they work, not to mention the stately apparel and architecture of their Victorian surroundings. Ages 5–up. (Oct.) --Staff (Reviewed October 12, 2015) (Publishers Weekly, vol 262, issue 41, p)
  • /* Starred Review */ Two hundred years after her birth in 1815, the world is finally beginning to pay attention to Ada Byron Lovelace, considered by many to be the inventor of computer programming. Computer scientist and debut author Wallmark introduces her subject as a child fascinated by numbers, lucky enough to be born to a geometry-loving mother with the means and inclination to nurture her daughter's talents. She focuses on her subject's adolescence, choosing details that highlight Lovelace's development as a mathematical genius. The girl sketches models for flying machines, works endless calculations to compute the wings' power—young readers will sympathize as they hear how "writing for so long made her fingers hurt"—and studies a toy boat to see how minute adjustments to its sails affect its speed. A bout of measles that leaves her temporarily blind and paralyzed serves to further hone her brilliance, as her mother drills her with math problems. She is perfectly positioned for her fateful meeting with Charles Babbage, whose proposed Analytical Engine prompts her to write the algorithm (described as "a set of mathematical instructions") that becomes the world's very first computer program. Chu's illustrations, digitally colored in a deep, jewel-toned palette, accompany the lively prose. Lovelace is a Pre-Raphaelite beauty set against a backdrop of teeming Victorian interiors littered with diagrams and pages of figures; children will enjoy spotting the girl's loyal cat. A splendidly inspiring introduction to an unjustly overlooked woman. (author's note, timeline, bibliography) (Picture book/biography. 5-8)(Kirkus Reviews, September 15, 2015)
Biography type
individual biography
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10456117
Cataloging source
NJQ/DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Wallmark, Laurie
Dewey number
  • 510.92
  • B
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Interest level
LG
Literary form
non fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 1
  • 4
Nature of contents
bibliography
Reading level
4.6
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
Chu, April
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Study program name
Accelerated Reader AR
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Lovelace, Ada King
  • Babbage, Charles
  • Babbage, Charles
  • Lovelace, Ada King
  • Women mathematicians
  • Women computer programmers
  • Mathematicians
  • Computers
  • Computers
  • Mathematicians
  • Women computer programmers
  • Women mathematicians
  • Great Britain
Target audience
juvenile
Label
Ada Byron Lovelace and the thinking machine, by Laurie Wallmark ; illustrated by April Chu
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • still image
  • text
Content type code
  • sti
  • txt
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Control code
1448765
Dimensions
29 cm
Extent
1 volume (unpaged)
Isbn
9781939547200
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
2015017771
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
color illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9781939547200
  • (OCoLC)902657586
Label
Ada Byron Lovelace and the thinking machine, by Laurie Wallmark ; illustrated by April Chu
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • still image
  • text
Content type code
  • sti
  • txt
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Control code
1448765
Dimensions
29 cm
Extent
1 volume (unpaged)
Isbn
9781939547200
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
2015017771
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
color illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9781939547200
  • (OCoLC)902657586

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