The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage: The (Mostly) True Story of the First Computer

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In The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage Sydney Padua transforms one of the most compelling scientific collaborations into a hilarious set of adventures

Meet two of Victorian London's greatest geniuses... Ada Lovelace, daughter of Lord Byron: mathematician, gambler, and proto-programmer, whose writings contained the first ever appearance of general computing theory, a hundred years before an actual computer was built. And Charles Babbage, eccentric inventor of the Difference Engine, an enormous clockwork calculating machine that would have been the first computer, if he had ever finished it.

But what if things had been different? The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage presents a delightful alternate reality in which Lovelace and Babbage 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 - for the sake of both London and science. Extremely funny and utterly unusual, The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage comes complete with historical curiosities, extensive footnotes and never-before-seen diagrams of Babbage's mechanical, steam-powered computer. And ray guns.

Sydney Padua is an animator and visual effects artist, usually employed in making giant monsters appear to be attacking people for the movies. She started drawing comics by accident with the webcomic 2D Goggles or The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage and is still trying to figure out how to stop. Originally from the Canadian prairie, she now lives in London with her husband and far too many books.

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A rip-roaring caper engulfed in footnotes of quotes, quips and illuminating asides... the book does more than simply celebrate the genius of the first computer programmer, it encourages us to turn our imagination to technology - just as Lovelace did. And that's an inspiration to us all (Nicola Davis Observer Tech Monthly)

My new favourite book. It has everything. Byron, maths, imaginary computers, emotion (Matt Haig, author of The Humans and Reasons to Stay Alive)

Whether you're a lover of science, history, graphic novels or, like me, all three, you're guaranteed to fall in love with this smart and hilarious series of comics. It's beautifully drawn, with gloriously goofy panels that crackle with energy... A unique, fun and totally addictive graphic novel, The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage is a must-read for any self-respecting geek out there (Michael Edwards Scotcampus)

This is history as I wish it was: bright, caring and full of zing... This is a book about the creative process and the creative mind, with its fancies and magpie distractability, its excitements and sloughs of despond... It is full of life. Go. Get it (Nick Harkaway, author of Tigerman)

A book that makes you a lot smarter as it makes you laugh ( Washington Post)

Sydney Padua's new book is definitely "Yowza!" material. Considering that its subject is math - math and the history of the computer - it may deserve a "Yowza!" and a half. By spotlighting two controversial, charismatic people who laid the earliest foundations for the computer revolution, The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage transforms punch cards and little brass cogs into the stuff of legend (Etelka Lehoczky NPR)

A heady mix of alternative history, adventure and lots and lots of footnotes... Padua blends fanciful situations, mathematical truths and a heap of historical facts to create an outlandish, enlightening tale ( Discover)

Don't be fooled by the word 'comic.' Sydney Padua tells a story that is tender, passionate, and true (James Gleick, author of The Information)

The immensity of Padua's research and the wit and allusions of her prose are striking, saying as much about what drove her to explore the possibilities of her protagonists' relationship as about the protagonists themselves. Permeated by delightful illustrations, obsessive foot- and endnotes, and a spirit of genuine inventiveness, it's an early candidate for the year's best ( Publishers Weekly, starred review)

Like Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, readers can get lost in the explosion of imagery and overwhelming notes that document the history that never was. A prodigious feat of historically based fantasy that engages on a number of levels ( Kirkus Reviews)

Beautifully drawn... unique; a tome that is brimming with an astounding amount of visual and cerebral humour that, as you read it, you can almost feel your own mind expanding to the point that you might, just might win a verbal sparring contest against Oscar Wilde ( Starburst magazine)

Sydney Padua's impeccably researched, yet playfully imagined graphic biography is a treat for history buffs and graphic novel lovers alike... With fantastically detailed art, footnotes and diagrams of Babbage's steam-powered computer, this is a whimsical graphic account like no other ( BookPage)

A must for your classroom bookshelf ( Digital Education Ezine)

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Sydney Padua is an animator and visual effects artist, usually employed in making giant monsters appear to be attacking people for the movies. She started drawing comics by accident with the webcomic 2D Goggles or The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage and is still trying to figure out how to stop. Originally from the Canadian prairie, she now lives in London with her husband and far too many books.

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