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Feb 26
15:00 - 16:00
The scientific life of Ada Lovelace, and why computer scientists should care about history
School of Computing Seminars
Professor Ursula Martin (Oxford University)

The scientific life of Ada Lovelace, and why computer scientists should care about history

Professor Ursula Martin, Oxford University

Abstract:

Ada, Countess of Lovelace (1815-1852) is best known for a remarkable article about Babbage's unbuilt computer, the Analytical Engine. This not only presented the first documented computer program, but also, going well beyond Babbage's ideas of computers as manipulating numbers, outlined their creative possibilities and the limits of what they could do. Lovelace's contribution was highlighted in one of Alan Turing's most famous papers "Can a machine think?".

The comprehensive archive of Lovelace's papers preserved in Oxford's Bodleian Library displays Lovelace's wide scientific interests in everything from geology to acoustics to chemistry to mesmerism to photography; her exchanges with leading scientists such as Faraday, Babbage and Somerville; her correspondence course in mathematics with De Morgan, a leading mathematician of the day and pioneer in logic and algebra; and her grasp of the potential of mathematics whether to model a "calculus of the nervous system" or as a uniting link between the material and symbolic worlds.In this talk we start to explore Lovelace, her background, her scientific ideas and her contemporary legacy, and reflective more broadly on the role of history fo computing in present day thinking about the discipline

Professor Ursula Martin: 

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SW101,
Cornwallis South West,
The University of Kent,
Canterbury,
Kent,
CT2 7NF
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