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Dec 10 2021 - 09:00 AM
Today In History: Ada Lovelace Is Born


In 2020 I had the pleasure of working with Renata Gaui and Francesca Sewaya on the Gottesman Libraries commissioned work, Warping the Future: How Craft Led To the Digital World As We Know It, an augmented reality art exhibition and program of events that explored the interesting relationship between the history of crafting and the history of coding, with a focus on women pioneers. Prominent among them was Ada Lovelace, an English mathematician and writer, and the only child of the poet Lord Byron and mathematician Lady Byron. Born December 10th, 1815 in London, Augusta Ada King (née Byron), Countess of Lovelace, was regarded as the first ever computer programmer or software developer. Ada Lovelace wrote the algorithm for Charles Babbage's Analytical Engine, a proposed mechanical all-purpose computer that was designed and partly built in 1837. She was a futurist thinker in reflecting upon technology as a collaborative tool through which individuals and society relate, and she has become inspiration for girls and women in STEM curriculum, not to mention art at the Gottesman Libraries. With thanks and remembrance, today in history.

The following articles are drawn from Proquest Historical Newspapers, which informs and inspires classroom teaching and learning.




  • Special News Slide, Courtesy of the Gottesman Libraries


Need to keep current, look to the past, teach a topic? The Everett Cafe features daily postings of news from around the world, and also promotes awareness of historical events from an educational context. Be sure to check the news postings on Learning at the Library, where you can delve into history.

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