By Sydney Padua
Oct 13, 2015
This comic is now available as a free iPad app, complete with extensive notes, illustrations, and a ton of interesting historical documents! The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage, the Graphic Novel, is coming from Pantheon Books in 2015.
There’s also the whole rest of the Sydney Padua website, with several amusing episodes and assorted oddities.
True: Most of it. Except for the inaccurate bits. It’s close enough for comics.
Read More About Ada Lovelace. She didn’t really hate poetry, it’s just a good punchline. All her dialogue above is stuff she actually wrote. Except for the obvious exception.
Read More About Charles Babbage. Charles Babbage would totally have become a street-music destroying Masked Avenger if he could have. Actually he kind of did.
Of course you could just look them up on Wikipedia, the interwebs if full of Babbage and Lovelace stuff, and I should hope so! For the hardcore:
Ada Lovelace’s Paper on the Analytical Engine (are you HARD ENOUGH?)
Charles Babbage’s Autobiography (awesome, hilarious, fascinating, with VOLCANOES and MATH, why is this not in print?!?)
Behold the awesome might of the Difference Engine! Two working Difference Engines have been built in modern times- there’s one in the Science Museum in London, and that’s the one currently in the Computer History Museum in Mountain View California.