Ada Lovelace

Friday 18 December, 2020

"Imagination is the discovering faculty, pre-eminently. It is that which penetrates into the unseen worlds around us, the worlds of Science."

This week's quote is by the first person to recognise the full potential of computers and who came to be known as the first computer programmer- Ada Lovelace

Ada was very imaginative and curious as a little girl. When she was twelve years old, she wanted to fly. She approached that problem very methodically. She started by observing birds, how they fly and investigating various materials that could be used as wings - feathers, paper, silk. During her research, Ada wrote and illustrated a guide called "Flyology" to record the findings of her investigations. She kept going on with that project until her mother scolded her for neglecting her studies. 

In 1883, Ada met Charles Babbage (who is known as the father of computers), and had designed a calculating machine called the Difference Engine. Ada, was inspired by that prototype and became Charles' lifelong friend. Charles had a much more advanced project in mind after the Difference Engine, which was the Analytical Engine. In 1843, Ada came acrosss a French paper by Luigi Menabrea about the Analytical Engine and she translated it and added her own notes to it. She realised that the Analytical Engine has much more potential and it could carry out a series of complex mathematical operations. One of the sequences that Ada wrote was how to calculate the Bernoulli numbers. That series is regarded by the computer historians as the first computer program ever.

Even though Ada died in 1852, her legacy lives on. Every year on the second Tuesday in October, the contributions of women to STEM are celebrated on Ada Lovelace Day.

Just like Ada,  at DDSN we also believe that imagination is what leads us to enter the unknown world and create excellent products. 

The extended quote is - "Imagination is the discovering faculty, pre-eminently. It is that which penetrates into the unseen worlds around us, the worlds of Science. It is that which feels & discovers what is, the real which we see not, which exists not for our senses. Those who have learned to walk on the threshold of the unknown worlds, by means of what are commonly termed par excellence the exact sciences, may then with the fair white wings of Imagination hope to soar further into the unexplored amidst which we live."


Today's Quote

 Graphic depicting Ada Lovelace and her quote - "Imagination is the discovering faculty, pre-eminently. It is that which penetrates into the unseen worlds around us, the worlds of Science."


Who Was Ada Lovelace? 

Augusta Ada King, Countess of Lovelace, also known as Ada Lovelace was an English mathematician and writer. 

She is commonly known as the world's first computer programmer for her collaboration with Charles Babbage on the first computer. They worked on Analytical engine. She is the first person to fully recognise that the machine had applications beyond pure calculation and to publish the first algorithm intended to be carried out by such machines. 

In the times when women weren't even allowed to study, Ada not only studied, but achieved so much and paved paths for all women who want to go in this field.


At DDSN, we use our imagination exploring and pushing the limits of digital technology everyday.