Books, Science/Math

PPBF: Ada Byron Lovelace and the Thinking Machine


TITLE: Ada Byron Lovelace and the Thinking Machine

AUTHOR: Laurie Wallmark


PUBLICATION INFO: Creston Books, 2015

ISBN: 978-1939547200

SOURCE: personal copy courtesy of Wallmark

INTENDED AUDIENCE: ages 5 and up (biography)

GENRE: nonfiction picture book


“Ada was born into a world of poetry, but numbers, not words, captured her imagination.”

From the publisher: “Ada Lovelace, the daughter of the famous romantic poet, Lord Byron, develops her creativity through science and math. When she meets Charles Babbage, the inventor of the first mechanical computer, Ada understands the machine better than anyone else and writes the world’s first computer program in order to demonstrate its capabilities.”

WHY I LIKE THIS BOOK: STEM … women … need I say more? This book has been so well-reviewed, I’m a little late to the party. One thing that struck me was how Wallmark introduced the idea of one of Ada’s early inventions — a flying machine — and reintroduced the concept at the end to show Ada’s impact on the world: an early computer program called Ada, which allowed modern machines to fly. It creates a perfect circle and a satisfying read.


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6 thoughts on “PPBF: Ada Byron Lovelace and the Thinking Machine”

  1. Thanks for sharing about this book. Does it have a multi-level text? The fascinating History of the Computer Museum has a yearlong exhibit, ending in December, to celebrate the 200th anniversary of Ada Lovelace’s birth.

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