As an engineer and someone who loves numbers I really wanted to love this book. But it was way too long and it didn’t emphasize the interesting part of her life. This book is about Ada Lovelace, the only legitimate child of Lord Byron. She was exceptionally smart and is credited as being the first “computer programmer” due to her work on the Babbage’s counting machine.
The first half of the book was just repetitive filler of her early life! We get it – she was naughty and headstrong, mom didn’t like it, mom tried to suppress her Byron tendencies, she had a ton of tutors. Did we really need 200 pages of that? Once we got to the point where she actually met Babbage and other like-minded people, the book then seemed rushed and without detail! It raced through her adult life with lightening speed!! I mean the whole point of the book was that she was supposedly the first “programmer” and that part almost seems glossed over to me. The odd and overall detailed emphasis on her early life, and then the rushed less-detailed information on her adult life was completely the wrong way to develop this book IMO.
Published December 5th 2017 by Dutton.
My rating – 2 out of 5
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