EBOOK READ (Enchantress of Numbers) Author Jennifer Chiaverini
Jennifer Chiaverini Ð 5 Read & DownloadOf her life were not prominent enough and there was too much uninteresting detail Perhaps I would better have appreciated a decent biography Mary Somerville was interesting and I think should be better known for her biography Mary Somerville was interesting and I think should be better known for her work Lovelace herself is an interesting character and her work isn t explored in enough detail here Her refutation of the possibility of artificial intelligence was important enough for it to be examined and addressed by Alan Turing when he wrote about artificial intelligence An interesting subject let down by a less than satisfactory novel An overly long prologue to this book tells the story of the courtship and brief unhappy marriage of Lord Byron and his wife Annabella that resulted in the birth of one child Augusta Ada later known as Ada Byron King Countess of Lovelace I had never heard of Ada but some have credited her with being the first computer programmer That is probably an overstatement I was expecting about the life of a scientist or a glimpse into her creative process but there is almost none of that in this book Not until the end of the book do we see Ada actually performing any scientific work The emphasis was definitely on her childhood and then on her duties as wife mother and countess We just have to take for granted the fact that she was a good mathematician Since the author obviously has little interest in science I had to look Ada up on Wikipedia to find out what she actually did After the prologue the rest of the book is written in the form of a memoir by the 35 ear old Ada I have a problem with books told from the pov of a child who has total recall of all conversations and events that occurred when she was a toddler Unfortunately it was a pretty uninteresting childhood Ada s parents separated in 1816 due to Lord Byron s bad behavior which led to a very complicated family situation when she was an infant and she never saw her father again Nevertheless he was a strong presence in her life due to her mother s efforts to turn her against her father and his friends and family Annabella was both an aloof and controlling mother although she was mostly absent due to her charity work and visits to various spas seeking a cure for ailments that appear to have been imaginary Ada s interests in mathematics and science were encouraged so long as they did not become excessiveI wish that the book had begun at its half way point in 1833 when Ada met Mr Charles Babbage who was a renowned mathematician and inventor They became friends and she was fascinated by his inventions the Difference Engine a form of mechanical calculator and the Analytical Engine a very early computer however he never managed to complete the building of either of these machines during his lifetime It was Babbage who referred to Ada as the Enchantress of Numbers Ada published her first scientific paper about the Analytical Engine and it was met with interest and acclaim until it was discovered that it had been written by a woman As soon as it became well known that the memoir had been written by a woman it s perceived value as a scientific work precipitously declined If a woman had written it these men of science concluded it could not be as important as they had first believed The reasoning could not be as sound if it had they had first believed The reasoning could not be as sound if it had from the female mind the subject not as significant if it had been been entrusted to feminine handsI really wish that there had been emphasis on science and less on governesses coming out parties and illegitimate relatives I would also have preferred that the book be 150 pages shorterI received a free copy of this book from the publisher. Difference Engine and enthralled by the plans for his even advanced Analytical Engine Ada resolves to help Babbage realize his extraordinary vision uniue in her understanding of how his invention could transform the world All the while she passionately studies mathematics ignoring skeptics who consider it an unusual even unhealthy pursuit for a woman falls in love discovers the shocking secrets behind her parents’ estrangement and comes to terms with the unuenchable fire of her imagination. I enjoyed reading about Ada Lovelace s life especially since the only thing I knew about her was that she is considered to be the first computer programmer This was the first book I ve read by Chiaverini and I found the writing style to be well lacking somewhat I didn t feel as connected to the characters as I should have been it seemed like Chiaverini was didn t want to stray too far from the facts of Ada s life but in doing so these historical personages come off as rather flat characters I wish the book had flushed out the relationship between Ada and her mother as well as that of Ada and Mr Babbage about how their working relationship worked about how the machine worked etc Ada s involvement with the Analytical Engine is what she became known for but I felt like the importance of it gets lost in the telling of the story Thank ou to NetGalley for a free ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review couldn t do it she talks about her as if she s 10 and in the next sentence says And then I turned 2 what Talks about how she embroidered fancy things on table cloths and then in my 4th birthday huh Way too tedious I knew Jennifer Chiaverini as the uilt novel author She introduced me to the idea that uilts were signposts for the Underground Railroad in The Runaway uilt which I loved I knew that she d been writing biographical novels of female historical figures but I didn t sit up and take notice until it was Ada Lovelace in Enchantress of Numbers I ve always wanted to know about her role in the development of the early precursors to computers So I reuested an ARC from Net Galley and was delighted when I was approved by the publisher This is my reviewWe can t really know was delighted when I was approved by the publisher This is my reviewWe can t really know Ada s contribution to Charles Babbage s conceptualization of his proto computers the Difference Engine and the Analytic Engine This is a topic that is fodder for speculation for historical novelists like Chiaverini I made the same argument about Einstein and his first wife in my review of The Other Einstein here I feel that it s just as legitimate to claim that Ada made a significant contribution as to claim that she made none and that it was all Babbage s idea I believe that Chiaverini is persuasive about what she attributes to Ada LovelaceAda s written notes are clearly attributable to her and they show her to be a woman ahead of her time The Enchantress of Numbers displays her context She had influences and sources of support which do not lessen her achievements Isaac Newton is uoted as having said If I have seen further it is by standing on e sholders of giants Jennifer Chiaverini helps us to identify who Ada might have stood on Yet every designer of a computer algorithm stands on Ada s shoulders because she created the very first such algorithmFor my complete review see ENCHANTRESS OF NUMBERSWritten by Jennifer ChiaveriniNarrated by Virginia Leishman2017 DuttonPenguin 446 Pages Audio length 20 hours and 2 minutesGenre fiction historical fiction Britain history science math biography women RATING 3 STARSI have to admit that I became interested in Ada Lovelace due to her father Byron I enjoyed Byron s poetry and study him and his friends Mary and Percy Shelley s work for school He is a fascinating person in literature history He also sounds like a huge jerk to people around him And the whole thing with his sister is definitelyodd Then to people around him And the whole thing with his sister is definitelyodd Then heard about Ada and all her accomplishments with math and science blew me away It was so cool that a woman from her class and time was able to get so far I was so happy to see that Chia The chronological and developmental ages of Ada do not coincide. The only legitimate child of Lord Byron the most brilliant revered and scandalous of the Romantic poets Ada was destined for fame long before her birth Estranged from Ada’s father who was infamously “mad bad and dangerous to know” Ada’s mathematician mother is determined to save her only child from her perilous Byron heritage Banishing fairy tales and make believe from the nursery Ada’s mother provides her daughter with a rigorous education grounded in mathematics and science Any tr. AT ALL DNFThat this book is a did not finish makes me super sad Jennifer Chaiverini has been one of my go to authors for many ears she was one of the few mainstream authors I could count on for a years she was one of the few mainstream authors I could count on for a written novel especially her historical portraits that was clean Unfortunately with this novel that is not the caseTo my clean reading friends ou probably want to skip this one as it contains a graphic intimate scene between the main character and one of her tutors That was the point where I said nope and shut the bookI will try another book by this author simply because this is the first miss I ve ever seen from her work and I ve read all of her novels This was a good fictional account of Ada Lovelace s life In the future I plan on reading about herThere is not much else to say because the story speaks for its self 25 Stars While I thought this was a very informative and well researched book about Ada Lovelace this at times was tedious to read I didn t know much beforehand about her life except that she was the daughter of the famous poet Lord Byron who was considered a womanizer and who had a possible scandalous relationship with his half sister This was an insightful look into a La Muette young woman whose life begun in a custody battle after her parents became estranged and who suffered life under an overprotective mother who feared she would inherit the dreaded Byron constitution of depravity and over indulgence As she grew up Ada could scarcely test her wings and fly because her mother uashed every notion she had whether it was friendship and of course love I felt for Ada because she was never given the chance to develop a relationship with her father except for reading his poems and hear about the notoriety of his life it was a wonder that she went to become a mathematical genius in her own right being regarded as the first computer programmerThankou to author Jennifer Chiaverini and NetGalley for providing a copy of this in exchange for my review 25 starsThis is a historical novel based on the brief life of Ada Lovelace daughter of Lord Byron and a mathematician of genius It follows fairly closely the details of Lovelace s life as it is known but is rather selective about what is focussed on There is a great emphasis on the relationships with her mother who spends her whole time trying to ensure her daughter does not develop her father s imaginative and poetic traits The relationship is shown as often distant and adversarial In fact there is a good deal of time spent on social and entertainment situations and too little on the interesting aspects of her life Lovelace worked closely with Charles Babbage and Mary Somerville Her contribution to the development of Babbage s plans for his Difference Engine and Analytical Engine has been much debated but here there is no real contribution to that debate There is much discussion from Lovelace about how much she would like to be assisting Babbage rather than discussion of their work The novel is limited by the fact that it is narrated by Lovelace herself and by its limited discussion of Lovelace s work There is very little mention of Lovelace s relationships with other men particularly John Crosse to whom she left the only relics she had of her father There is only a fleeting mention of Lovelace s gambling
addiction and her attempts to use her mathematical skills to assist her gambling on the horses Littleand her attempts to use her mathematical skills to assist her gambling on the horses Little also made of her relationship with the other leading female mathematician of the age Mary SomervilleThe first person narration does grate and the novel is over long for all the wrong reasons the interesting aspects. Oubling spark of imagination or worse Vie des douze Csars (Intgrale) Sutone yet passion or poetry is promptly extinguished Or so her mother believesWhen Ada is introduced into London society as a highly eligibleoung heiress she at last discovers the intellectual and social circles she has craved all her life Little does she realize that her delightful new friendship with inventor Charles Babbage brilliant charming and occasionally curmudgeonly will shape her destiny Intrigued by the prototype of his first calculating machine the.