Thursday, August 13, 2015

The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage

The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage is a steam punk webcomic, and now a book, by Sydney Padua. It tells the story of our heroes Ada Lovelace and Charles Babbage who actually do "build the Difference Engine and use it to create runaway economic models, battle the scourge of spelling errors, explore the wider realms of mathematics and, of course, fight crime." Ok it's clearly taking liberties with the historical facts (if you want that story read chapter 2 of my book The Universal Machine), but it's great to see such interesting characters in the early history of computing entering the realm of popular culture  - perhaps Alan Turing next codebreaker and crime fighter!
[Forgot to mention there's also a free iPad app]