December 10, 1815, Augusta Ada Byron was born in London.

On this day (December 10), 1815, Agusta Ada Byron, better known as Ada Lovelace, was born in London (United Kingdom).
Ada Lovelace, was a British mathematician, computer scientist and writer, famous above all for her work on the general-purpose calculator of Charles Babbage, the so-called analytical engine.
she deduced and foresaw the ability of computers to go beyond simple calculations of numbers, while others, including Babbage himself, focused solely on these capabilities. Among her notes on the machine, she finds what is recognized today as the first algorithm intended to be processed by a machine, thus she is regarded as the first computer programmer.

Although many consider Ada Lovelace to be the first programmer, there are some scholars of the history of computing who do not think so. For example, computer historian Doron Swade, known for his work on Babbage, discussed four claims about Lovelace during a conference on Babbage's analytical engine:

  1. She was a mathematical genius
  2. She made an influential contribution to the analytical engine
  3. She was the first computer programmer
  4. She was a prophetess of the computer age

According to him, only the fourth claim had "any substance at all". He explained that Ada was just a "promising beginner" rather than a math genius, that she started studying math basics five years after Babbage conceived of the analytic engine so she couldn't have made any major contributions, and that she just published the first computer program instead of actually writing it. But he agrees that Ada was the only person who saw the potential of the analytical engine as a machine capable of expressing entities other than quantities.

As one of the first precursors of computer science, Ada Lovelace, has several subsequent recognitions, among others are:
  • The Ada programming language created by the United States Department of Defense
  • the Association of Women in Computing presents the Ada Lovelace Award.
  • Since 1998, the British Computer Society (BCS) has awarded the Lovelace Medal
  • Ada Lovelace Day (Ada Lovelace Day) is an annual event held on the second Tuesday in October with the goal of raising the profile of women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM areas)
Ada Lovelace wrote in her "Notes" on the Analytical Engine:

" Suppose, for example, that the fundamental relationships between sounds, in the art of harmony, were susceptible to such expressions and adaptations: the machine could compose musical pieces as long and complex as it wanted" .

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- what are you doing Ada?
- I'm trying to think how to make music with Charles Babbage's Analytical Engine
- Why do you want to make music with a machine?
- Wouldn't that be nice?
- listen to music from a machine?
- but that would take the work out of violinists and other musicians
- I don't think so
- what a mess!
- no big deal
- what barbarism!
- calm down
- progress is inhuman!
- heavy..

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