Ada Lovelace: The first programmer of the world

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When we go to the roots of everything to learn more about the first programmer of the world, what’s the first thing that comes to mind? How do you imagine this person? When do you think this person first learned how to program?

We’re here to answer all these questions and to speak a bit more about someone who, literally, changed the world. Allow us to introduce you to Ada Lovelace, the first programmer in the world.

Who was Ada Lovelace?

Ada Lovelace was born in London, in 1815. She was a mathematician who worked on a mechanical general-purpose computer known as the Analytical Engine. Among other bright successes, she recognized that the machine could go way beyond simple and pure calculations, publishing then the first algorithm intended to be carried out by a machine like this one.

Besides being an extraordinary mathematician, Ada Lovelace was also a writer. Her mixed career path enabled her to get in touch with scientists like Charles Wheatstone, Andrew Crosse, among others, and even with the outstanding writer Charles Dickens.

Poetical Science: Ada Lovelace and Linda Liukas

Ada Lovelace defined her work as “poetical science”, which helps us understand how strong her legacy is. Nowadays, people like Linda Liukas also talk about similar concepts while mixing, just like Ada, literature, writing and programming.

Just like a number of scientists in our history, Ada Lovelace likes to call herself both an analyst and a metaphysician. Even though, not every scientist likes to recognize their connection with metaphysics.

To help you understand how strong Ada Lovelace’s legacy is, we invite you to watch this extraordinary TED talk, where Linda Liukas talks about the mix between writing and coding:

Ada Lovelace: Work and legacy

According to many historians and researchers, Ada Lovelace was one of a kind. Her work, research and results show that, in fact, she was a mathematical genius, making a significant contribution to the analytical engine mentioned before.

That contribution gave her the honor to become the first ever computer programmers, taking the unique place of being a “prophet” of the computer, digital age we are currently living in.

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