Celebrating Ada Lovelace and why all girls should get extra maths tuition
There’s nothing quite like the madness of a father
To send the mother of a daughter into a lather
Such was the situation of feisty Ada Lovelace
Whose mother thought extra maths would keep her brains in place.
Lord Byron the poet, Ada’s father – you see
Was divorced by her mother, citing cruel insanity
For Ada, the maths lessons really paid off
And she rose swiftly, but not smoothly, to intellectual fame
For her contributions to Charles Babbage’s work
And a few scandals we’ll try not to name.
The first computer program arrived through Ada’s writing
On Charles Babbage’s analytical engine, with occasional fighting.
She was a lady of rather strong views
And her testing of double standards often made news.
She wrote the first machine algorithm and yet gambled into debt,
A sign that intelligence doesn’t ensure a safe bet.
She explored beyond maths into depths of the brain,
Though her calculus of the nervous system was an effort in vain.
We salute you Ada for the foundations you laid
For computer programming and the difference that made.