A Novel of Ada Lovelace
On Sale: November 27, 2018
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New York Times bestselling author Jennifer
Chiaverini illuminates the life of Ada Byron King, Countess
of Lovelaceâ€”Lord Byronâ€™s daughter and the worldâ€™s first
The only legitimate child of Lord Byron, the most brilliant,
revered, and scandalous of the Romantic poets, Ada was
destined for fame long before her birth. But her
mathematician mother, estranged from Ada's infamous and
destructively passionate father, is determined to save her
only child from her perilous Byron heritage. Banishing fairy
tales and make-believe from the nursery, Adaâ€™s mother
provides her daughter with a rigorous education grounded in
mathematics and science. Any troubling spark of
imaginationâ€”or worse yet, passion or poetryâ€”is promptly
extinguished. Or so her mother believes.
When Ada is introduced into London society as a highly
eligible young heiress, she at last discovers the
intellectual and social circles she has craved all her life.
Little does she realize how her exciting new friendship with
Charles Babbageâ€”the brilliant, charming, and occasionally
curmudgeonly inventor of an extraordinary machine, the
Difference Engineâ€”will define her destiny.
Enchantress of Numbers unveils the passions, dreams,
and insatiable thirst for knowledge of a largely unheralded
pioneer in computingâ€”a young woman who stepped out of her
fatherâ€™s shadow to achieve her own laurels and champion the
new technology that would shape the future.
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