Ada Lovelace Showed What a Disparate and Well-Rounded Education Can Do

Augusta Ada King, Countess of Lovelace, is known today as Ada Lovelace. She wrote the world’s first computer program in 1842, for Charles Babbage’s Analytical Engine, a theoretical computer that was never built, but would have worked with Lovelace’s programming.

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Lovelace was gifted, both genetically and financially, as the daughter of Lord Byron. But her education differed from that of a privileged son born at the time. She was tutored at home in math, science, and logic, which was unusual for girls, but also in art, needlework, music, and languages, as would be expected. This combination of studies in widespread fields contributed to Lovelace’s analytical thinking. For example, she saw that the punch cards used in weaving patterns for fabric would be a logical framework for mathematical commands, and that numbers could be converted into musical notes. Read how Lovelace distilled what she learned in disparate fields and how they contributed to her development of computer programming at Gizmodo. While reading, writing, and math are fundamental basics, there’s always value in adding the humanities and other subjects.

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