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Lady Lovelace and Charles Babbage

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Original Publication Date: 1980-Oct-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Oct-05

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VELMA R.HUSKEY: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

[Figure containing following caption omitted: ©; 1980 by the American Federation of Information Processing societies, Inc. Permission to copy without fee all or part of this material is granted provided that the copies are not made or distributed for direct commercial advantage, the AFIPS copyright notice and the title of the publication and its date appear, and notice is given that copying is by permission of the American Federation Of Information Processing societies, Inc. To copy otherwise, or to republish, requires specific permission. Authors' Address: Computer and Information science, university of California, Santa Cruz, CA 95064 ©; 1980 AFIPS 0164-1239/80/040299-329$01.00/0]

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Lady Lovelace and Charles Babbage

VELMA R.HUSKEY

HARRY D.HUSKEY

(Image Omitted: Authors'Note: In this paper the Lovelace-Byron papers are referred to by [L-B box number], the Babbage correspondence by [B volume number, folio number], and the Somerville collection by is box number]. In copying the letters, the authors adhered to the original spelling. Questionable words arm dates are marked by[?]. Editor's Note: Readers who want to understand the full context of these letters should consult the Moore (1977) biography.)

  (Image Omitted: © 1980 by the American Federation of Information Processing societies, Inc. Permission to copy without fee all or part of this material is granted provided that the copies are not made or distributed for direct commercial advantage, the AFIPS copyright notice and the title of the publication and its date appear, and notice is given that copying is by permission of the American Federation Of Information Processing societies, Inc. To copy otherwise, or to republish, requires specific permission. Authors' Address: Computer and Information science, university of California, Santa Cruz, CA 95064 © 1980 AFIPS 0164-1239/80/040299-329

Lady Lovelace and Charles Babbage

VELMA R.HUSKEY

HARRY D.HUSKEY

(Image Omitted: Authors'Note: In this paper the Lovelace-Byron papers are referred to by [L-B box number], the Babbage correspondence by [B volume number, folio number], and the Somerville collection by is box number]. In copying the letters, the authors adhered to the original spelling. Questionable words arm dates are marked by[?]. Editor's Note: Readers who want to understand the full context of these letters should consult the Moore (1977) biography.)

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This paper is centered on the correspondence that took place between Lady Lovelace and Charles Babbage, particularly during her writing of the extensive notes that accompany her translation of Menabrea's paper on Babbage's Analytical Engine. The material is selective. Her mathematical background and studies are given in some detail, while little mention is made of her other great interest, music. Her travels and family relationships are not mentioned except where they directly apply to her work or to her relationship with Charles Babbage. Most of the material has been gathered from original sources. Through the courtesy of the Rt. Hon. Earl of Lytton, O.B.E. (great-grandson of the Countess of Lovelace), and his son, Viscount Knebworth, access was granted to the Lovelace-Byron papers deposited in the Bodleian Library, Oxford University. The Babbage Correspondence in the British Library, London was another source. Also of value were the letters of the Somerville Collection owned by Lady Fairfax Lucy and deposited in the Bodleian Library. Keywords and phrases: Analytical Engine, Charles Bab...