|Peseshet, Overseer of Physicians, linocut, 11" x 14" by Ele Willoughby, 2020|
|Ada, Countess Lovelace, 3rd edition linocut by Ele Willoughby|
It is once again Ada Lovelace Day, the 12th annual international day of blogging to celebrate the achievements of women in technology, science and math, Ada Lovelace Day 2019 (ALD19). I'm sure you'll all recall, Ada, brilliant proto-software engineer, daughter of absentee father, the mad, bad, and dangerous to know, Lord Byron, she was able to describe and conceptualize software for Charles Babbage's computing engine, before the concepts of software, hardware, or even Babbage's own machine existed! She foresaw that computers would be useful for more than mere number-crunching. For this she is rightly recognized as visionary - at least by those of us who know who she was. She figured out how to compute Bernouilli numbers with a Babbage analytical engine. Tragically, she died at only 36. Today, in Ada's name, people around the world are blogging.
|Depiction of the Stela of the lady Peseshet from John F. Nunn, Acient Egyptian Medicine, |
University of Oklahoma Press, 2002