Mathematical Digest

Short Summaries of Articles about Mathematics
in the Popular Press

"A Life Less Ordinary": Review of The Bride of Science, by BenjaminWoolley. Reviewed by Roy Herbert. New Scientist, 8 January 2000, page40.

The Bride of Scienceprovides a colorful and rich description of thelife of Lady Ada Lovelace, daughter of Lord Byron and friend to mathematicianCharles Babbage. The book recounts Lady Lovelace's participation in Victorianintellectual society, including her involvement in promoting Babbage'sAnalytical Engine, a precursor to the computer. Lovelace's written descriptionof the operation of this revolutionary machine is considered to be the firstcomputer program.

--- Kathryn Leonard