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How Ada Lovelace Became a Tech VisionaryBy Ridiculous History, Ben Bowlin , Noel Brown

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In this two-part October 2021 episode of Ridiculous History, hosts Ben Bowlin and Noel Brown follow the extraordinary life of the first-ever computer programmer, Ada Lovelace.

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Mathematical science shows what is. It is the language of unseen relations between things. But to use and apply that language, we must be able to fully appreciate, to feel, to seize the unseen, the unconscious.

Ada Lovelace, 19th-century mathematician


Ada Lovelace – also known as Augusta Ada King, née Byron, Countess of Lovelace – was the daughter of the famous poet Lord Byron, but she's better known for her brief but innovative involvement in early computer science.

Lovelace has been described as the prophet of the computer age and an enchantress with numbers.

Without Lovelace's incredible visionary insight into the potential of machines in the 1840s, we may have never reached our current modern digital age.

Ben Bowlin is a writer and actor, while Noel Brown is a musician and filmmaker. Together, they host the podcast Ridiculous History, which explores the weird and often overlooked corners of the past.

In this episode, Bowlin and Brown examine Lovelace's early life, her theories on computer science, and how her work contributed to technological progress.

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