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Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage: The (Mostly) True Story of the First Computer
Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage: The (Mostly) True Story of the First Computer | Sydney Padua
"THE THRILLING ADVENTURES OF LOVELACE AND BABBAGE" . . . in which Sydney Padua transforms one of the most compelling scientific collaborations into a hilarious series of adventures. Meet Victorian London s most dynamic duo: Charles Babbage, the unrealized inventor of the computer, and his accomplice, Ada, Countess of Lovelace, the peculiar protoprogrammer and daughter of Lord Byron. When Lovelace translated a description of Babbage s plans for an enormous mechanical calculating machine in 1842, she added annotations three times longer than the original work. Her footnotes contained the first appearance of the general computing theory, a hundred years before an actual computer was built. Sadly, Lovelace died of cancer a decade after publishing the paper, and Babbage never built any of his machines. But do not despair! "The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage "presents a rollicking alternate reality in which Lovelace and Babbage "do" build the Difference Engine and then use it to build runaway economic models, battle the scourge of spelling errors, explore the wilder realms of mathematics, and, of course, fight crime for the sake of both London and science. Complete with extensive footnotes that rival those penned by Lovelace herself, historical curiosities, and never-before-seen diagrams of Babbage s mechanical, steam-powered computer, "The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage "is wonderfully whimsical, utterly unusual, and, above all, entirely irresistible. (With black-and-white illustrations throughout.)"
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LizzieLou
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sudi
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A Combination of fiction and nonfiction about Lovelace and Babbage. In real life Babbage never completed his difference/analytical engine and although Lovelace was a math wizard she unfortunately died at a young age. The author creates a comic based on a fictional pocket universe where Babbage and Lovelace solve the world‘s problems using the analytical engine. 👇

sudi There is a little but of math but it‘s mostly in the footnotes, so if you don‘t enjoy it you can gladly skip over that. The author Sydney Padua has done an amazing job in creating these characters and infusing these comics with the right amount of nerdy and fun. She has included so many interesting details about both Lovelace and Babbage‘s lives. 8mo
sudi The artwork is another highlight of the book. I‘m glad I picked up this book, not only did I learn a lot but also enjoyed reading it. 8mo
rohit-sawant Great review! 8mo
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sudi Thanks @rohit-sawant 😊💜 8mo
RaimeyGallant Sounds interesting. :) 7mo
sudi It was @RaimeyGallant , also learned a lot about both Babbage and Lovelace from the book. 😊👍 7mo
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SaunteringVaguelyDownwards
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I am thankful for all the #technology that forms the basis of my research, like the educational alternate reality game called The Tessera which featured Ada Lovelace as the head of a secret society of innovators fighting a mysterious force known only as S.

#technology #gratitude30

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JulietteGF
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Mehso-so

I really enjoyed the illustrations, but I wasn't passionate about the subject matter, and I got lost in the footnotes... Despite all that, I've learned some things about Lovelace and Babbage, but I feel like too much information kills information. My accurate rating is between so-so and pan...

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Pedrocamacho
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This graphic novel is an imaginative and enjoyable read. It contains lots of math history, but doesn‘t bog down in the history.

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Vikkiha
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I loved Ada, Charles and the story of their friendship formed from mutual respect and shared interests. I learned so much from footnotes. Text books should be written like this. Highly recommended for anyone interested in: computing, history, science, engineering and/or remarkable women.

Turned on my TV last night right at the moment an antiques show was discussing some of Mary Somerville‘s letters, inc. one from Babbage. So this pic seemed apt.

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Vikkiha
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Loved this right from the first page. I wish I had appreciated the ‘poetical‘ nature of maths when I was at school, I would have applied myself to it a bit more. Happily, Sydney Padua is not a maths and science expert (she says so herself) so I can understand (most) of the technical things in here. And she is hilariously funny.

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elemenopew
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It's 11:15 pm and I can't WAIT to start my #24in48 #readathon with these two beauties! 💙 I keep eyeing the clock every few minutes. 😅

I managed to snatch some time from work the last few weeks to read a little from each, but it'll be WONDERFUL to just unplug and ✨read✨ for an entire weekend.

Other TBR candidates are Call Me By Your Name, Ethan Frome, Saga, Norse Mythology & some good ol' Batman.

What's everyone else reading? 😊

eraderneely Love this book! 2y
elemenopew @eraderneely I just finished it, it's so good! I haven't laughed like that in ages. 😃 2y
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elemenopew
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"An original scientific paper by a woman would have been very unusual, but there was precedent for women to write translations and summaries of men's work."

ALLL THE LOVE to Lovelace for adding her notes to a paper, making it two and a half times the size of the original. ♥

#currentlyreading #comics #graphicnovels #womenintech #girlpower #feminism #womeninscience #girlsjustwannahavefundamentalrights

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UrsulaMonarch
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This is even better - funnier and more unique- than I'd expected! I love the premise. Thanks for the rec @well.read.panda !
#SFPL #GraphicNovels #science

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AmandaL
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I'm going to use this title to multitask. Things you can say about this mostly true graphic novel: #itshistory, it makes you #think about how far computers have come, and it features #girlsinscience - a girl, anyway. #backtoreading #augustgrrrl #anditsaugust

Cinfhen #multitasking 🙌🏻❣️ 2y
8leagueboot I've been meaning to read this for ages! 2y
AmandaL @8leagueboot Me too! It mocks me from the top of my bookshelf. 😆 2y
Gezemice This one is fun! I liked it, but the format got on my nerves. When you read it, you will see what I mean. 2y
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AMVP
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#anditsaugust #day6 - #comicsbywomen

A terrific piece of edutainment that is by turns boundlessly charming and tenderly bittersweet.

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MidwestCrazed
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I've been meaning to read this one for awhile. #24in48

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Eyelit
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Some absolute awesomeness from @gossamerchild - totally made my day and I love it!
#litsypenpals

mcipher I love the unicorn!! 3y
gossamerchild Yay, so glad it got there 😍😍 3y
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charl08
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Such a fun read.

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trazo
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Someone wants attention. 🐶🙂

rather_be_reading great first post! 🐶 1y
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scatterall
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I reviewed this for Shelf Awareness when it came out and am still recommending it to people. Pure joy if you love history/computer/literature geekery. A taste for steampunk helps too. My 12 year old daughter also read it several times, ignoring all the footnotes (the stories don't require them). The author is an animator who worked on Iron Giant and the 2016 Jungle Book movie. She has a website with excerpts from this. #comics #riotgrams

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Maike
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The first book I finished in 2017 was an interesting view on the beginnings of computer technology.
I'll try to do three challenges this year, so this was a great book to knock out a category from each of them 😁
#litsyatoz #readharder #popsugar

BookishMarginalia Off to a great start! 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 3y
Redheadrambles Oh that's a good idea for the Read Harder tech book 3y
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Iindseyo
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Well this is delightful 😊 #graphicnovel

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LitsyFeministBookClub
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Happy Ada Lovelace Day! Today is Ada's birthday. She's widely known as the first computer programmer. She worked as a mathematician with Charles Babbage to develop his Analytical Machine & wrote the first algorithm to be read by a machine, all during a time when it wasn't common for women to study math or science. Her efforts have largely gone overlooked throughout history but are finally starting to be recognized. 🙌🏻

#badasswomen

rachelm I would like to use #badasswomen every day. That's awesome! 3y
BookishFeminist @rachelm Yes! #Badasswomen get me by every day. We have tons more planned! Details in our Slack channel ☺️ 3y
EchoCharlie I love the art on the bottom right, do you have a link for it? It'd be awesome on a tshirt? 3y
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Vansa
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The author's included an illustration by John Tenniel, about a bailout of, funnily enough , Barings Bank, in the 18th Century.

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Vansa
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I like that instead of The Change, it reads 'Plus ca change', because when it comes to financial crises, nothing ever really changes!

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Vansa
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I absolutely love this clever, charming book. Specially this panel and its nod to the dot com bubble.

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Blueberry
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This seems like a good read. It's a graphic novel, has great reviews, nonfiction and inspires people to build it with Legos!
http://www.victorianadventureenthusiast.com/index/vote-for-lovelace-babbage-at-l...
#Legos #graphicnovel @NataliePatalie

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Pickingclover
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I'm taking a break from reading tonight to work on a baby blanket, but I'm having a hard time putting this down! It's so fun, and I'm learning. Win!

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drinkteareadbooks
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I've never been interested in graphic novels but I gave this one a chance. The verdict? If you like being entertained, learning a random assortment of fun facts, and having a gosh darn good time, this book is for you.

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Liberty
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I can't let Ada Lovelace Day go by without reminding you that this amazing book exists! IT'S AN EPIC NERDPURR. I've read it so many times, I've lost count. ❤️🤘🏻📚

RebeccaSpeas The George Eliot story is my fave, but that last Quixote/Alice moment between Babbage/Lovelace definitely made my eyes smell onions ❤️ 3y
Suzze I see that staring at me on the shelf right now. 3y
alanacristin I really want to wander around in that machine 😍 3y
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bookshopsc
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Do you like science? Or historical figures, like Charles Babbage (father of the computer) or Ada Lovelace (mother of computer coding)? What if those same historical figures were re-imagined to become crime fighters in steampunk London? Then friend, you have found that truly magical thing you didn‘t know you were looking for. Hilarious, witty and imaginative, you can‘t miss this. - Jax

BeththeBookDragon This was already on my TBR, but this just bumped it up!! 3y
Victoria_C Did you know yesterday was Ada Lovelace day? Or was that coincidence? 3y
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balletbookworm
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Happy Ada Lovelace Day!!

If you haven't read Sydney Padua's delightful, inventive, and innovative biography/alternate history graphic novel about Ada Lovelace and her colleague Charles Babbage, I highly recommend it! 😃

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ABookishLife
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Happy Ada Lovelace Day! Celebrate women in STEM. 🔬💁🏻

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erk1119
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A graphic novel, but also a book with footnotes on the footnotes.

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Erin01
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Pickpick

a toss up between a pick and so-so for me, while I did think the formating could have been better (maybe with all the footnotes at the end instead of in sectons), once I got used to it I did find it quite an enjoyable read 📚

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kaianicole
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"Pray do not corrupt the cats with poetry." -Ada Lovelace and George Elliot in this alternate reality analytical engine (steam-powered computer)

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DoctorMirabilis1267
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A mathematical story as a graphic novel?! What isn't right with this picture!!

DoctorMirabilis1267 Padua writes an extremely clever take on the relationship between Ada Lovelace and Charles Babbage and what might have been. For all of the mathematics, the text's approach is quite accessible. 3y
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RebeccaSpeas
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Pickpick

Charming, whimsical, and fun, I mostly enjoyed this pocket universe version of Lovelace & Babbage. Although I feel like a lot of the book got bogged down by extensive historical/contextual footnotes, the moments of genuine heart and clever characterization (particularly this moment, Queen Victoria, Isambard Brunel, and George Eliot) definitely made up for it.

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Erin01
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really enjoying this so far 📖

#hellooctober #currentlyreading #booksandtea #comics

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kaianicole
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"...the Pocket Universe in which Lovelace and Babbage live to complete the Analytical Engine, and naturally use it to HAVE THRILLING ADVENTURES and FIGHT CRIME!!"

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Battledoll
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Pickpick

I agree with the other reviews that found it somewhat annoying flipping between illustrations, footnotes, and endnotes. I did find that it became much less of an issue after the first chapter/section once it switched to the fantasy accounts of the creation of the engine. Overall I found the book very charming and entertaining.

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RebeccaSpeas
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OMG QUEEN VICTORIA SPEAKS IN ILLUMINATED SCRIPT

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RebeccaSpeas
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Oh my goodness I am SO HERE for this book

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RebeccaSpeas

Oh my goodness I am SO HERE for this book

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meggofrank
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After life sucking away my reading time over the last couple of weeks, I may have to take a break from this one. It's more work than my brain is looking to do. Each section has the fictional comic panels, which are heavily footnoted (sometimes with rather long ones) and then there are endnotes, with more dense factual info. At just over 300 pages, this one definitely wants a lot of attention. I am enjoying it & will finish. Just not today.

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meggofrank
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Super excited to start this one for comic book club! Side note: I ❤️ comic book club.

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LauraBrook
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This isn't a book recommendation, but if you have Acorn TV and liked this book (The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage), I highly recommend this show, Calculating Ada: The Countess of Computing. The book, while excellent, was almost too full of facts for me and watching this helped things make more sense. Plus, who doesn't love hour-long historical shows?!?

rabbitprincess Acorn TV sounds like something I need to get! 3y
LauraBrook @rabbitprincess RP, it's SO GOOD! You maybe have better access to UK shows than I do, but for me, this is my go-to. It's taken over almost all of my BBCAmerica viewing time. And I can binge Miranda as much as I want! 😍📺 3y
Gezemice Oh cool just read this, this sounds awesome! Thanks for the heads-up! 3y
LauraBrook It's so awesome! And, I forgot to mention, the author is in this program! Was v cool to see her draw and speak about Ada. I may watch the show again, actually! 3y
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stargazerblue49
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I think, in the end, it was not the book, but me. Although, it was much different than I was expecting and I would have appreciated a little more action and a little less history/footnote.

Suzze My copy should be here in a few days. Fingers crossed. When I tried to read Time Traveler's Wife the first time, I bailed. A year later I read it and loved it. 3y
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stargazerblue49
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"I know you haven't had a lot of time to read lately, mom, but petting me is more important." - Luna (aka Chocolate Sauce aka Dingbat the Cat). ??

Varshitha 😻😻 3y
MrBook 😸😻👍🏻 3y
Eastbriar I really want to read this! 3y
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stargazerblue49
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Self-trolling on the footnotes! Lol 😂

Gezemice Yep that was great! 3y
Suzze I ordered it, waiting for it to arrive. 3y
Chessa Seriously! I'm with the queen. 😂😂😂 3y
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stargazerblue49 @Gezemice @Chessa Truth time - is the second half of the book worth it? Trying to decide if I want to finish or if I can return it to the library and move on... I'm not good at bailing on books, lol 3y
Gezemice @stargazerblue49 I liked it. There are less footnotes and end notes. But, the story is not really about Lovelace and Babbage any more, but random Victorian era stuff. It is rather interesting, though. I'd say if you are getting tired of it, skim some of the rest and see if you'd like it; if not, you can bail, since the main story is finished. 3y
Chessa I thought the latter half was cute, and if you need to skip the foot/endnotes, do it! 3y
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stargazerblue49
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I want nothing more than to do some relaxing reading on my day off, but I'm so tired I can hardly keep my eyes open! We are pooped! 😴💤🛌

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stargazerblue49

I want nothing more than to do some relaxing reading on my day off, but I'm so tired I can hardly keep my eyes open! We are pooped! 😴💤🛌