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Ada Lovelace, poet of science : the first computer programmer

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From the acclaimed author-illustrator team, Diane Stanley and Jessie Hartland comes a beautifully illustrated biography of Ada Lovelace, known as one of the first computer programmers in history.Two hundred years ago, a daughter was born to the famous poet, Lord Byron, and his mathematical wife, Annabella. She would go down in history as Ada Lovelace, the first computer programmer.Like her father, Ada had a strong imagination and a gift for connecting ideas in original ways. Like her mother, she had a passion for science, math, and machines. It was a very good combination. Ada hoped that one day she could do something important with her beautiful mind.She found it in Charles Babbage, the inventor of the Analytical Engine, the first all-purpose digital computer. He designed his machine for processing numbers, but Ada saw that it could do much more. A hundred years before the dawn of the digital age, Ada Lovelace envisioned the computer-driven world we know today. And in demonstrating how the machine would be coded, she wrote the first computer program.Diane Stanley’s lyrical descriptions and Jessie Hartland’s vibrant illustrations capture the spirit of Ada Lovelace and bring her energy and story vividly to life.

Diane Stanley is the author and illustrator of more than fifty books for children, noted especially for her series of picture book biographies, including Shaka, King of the Zulus and Leonardo da Vinci. She has twice received both the Boston Globe/Hornbook Award and the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators’ Golden Kite Award. She was also the recipient of the Washington Post/Children’s Book Guild Award for Nonfiction for the body of her work. She lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.?Learn more at Hartland has painted murals at a Japanese amusement park, designed Christmas windows for Bloomingdale’s, and put her mark on ceramics, watches, and all sorts of other things. She is the author and illustrator many nonfiction titles for young readers, including?How the Dinosaur Got to the Museum?and?Bon Appetit! The Delicious Life of Julia Child.?Her collaboration with author Diane Stanley, Ada Lovelace, Poet of Science, was designated an ALA Notable Book, among many other accolades, and her illustrations were praised as “full of wit” by Booklist in a starred review. Jessie lives in New York City.

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