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Mon Dec 10, 2012, 01:24 PM

google doodle of the day-ada lovelace, mother of computer programming

Ada Lovelace: 'The Enchantress of Numbers'

Ada Lovelace was the visionary half of the team that helped create the modern computer. Lovelace is honored by Google as the 'first computer programmer.'

By David Clark Scott, Staff Writer / December 10, 2012

Ada Lovelace (Mrs. Ada King) is honored by Google as a doodle on her 197th birthday.

But Ada Lovelace might have become an historical footnote the only legitimate daughter of Romantic poet Lord Byron were it not for her relationship with Charles Babbage, the "father of the computer."

Their work together illustrates the adage: "the whole is greater than the sum of the parts." Yes, Babbage conceived of the "Difference Engine" and the "Analytical Engine." But it was Ada that was able to see the wider applications, the potential beyond its use as a sophisticated calculator.

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