Happy Ada Day to You!

Hey guys! Happy Ada Lovelace Day to all you bloggers out there, especially you ladies, and especially you ladies with far more math/engineering/science skills than I’ll ever possess! For those of you who don’t know who it is we’re celebrating today, here is the description straight from the website:

Ada Lovelace is widely held to have been the first computer programmer. Close friends with inventor Charle Babbage, Lovelace was intrigued by his Analytical Engine and in 1842, she translated a description of it by italian mathematician Luigi Menabrea. Babbage asked her to expand the article, “as she understood [it] so well”, and this was when she wrote several early ‘computer programs’. Ada Lovelace died of cancer at 36, her potential tragically unfulfilled

So, basically, Ada was one of the original bad-ass computer chicks, and is a rolemodel for smart women everywhere (along with others like her, here I’m thinking of Marie Curie and Rosalind Franklin), and especially those smart left-brainy chicks! While usually I’d have a science-y female written book to review, the month of October seems to have run away from me reading wise, so I thought I’d pay a little video-tribute to other women out there who are following in great Aunt Ada’s shoes and changing the way we think of the world. These videos all come from the great T.E.D. Talks series (which you simply MUST check out if you haven’t already – these speeches are all about the crazy new things happening in the world, and can be eye-opening, jaw-dropping, and are perfect for the constant life learner):

There you have it, guys! My personal favorite science-y, tech-y female given speeches over at TED. I urge you to watch at least one of the videos – you’d be surprised how quickly one can lead to dozens. None of them are very long, and each one showcases something extraordinary going on in the world, in this case at the hands of females! So I hope that, wherever you are and whatever you’re reading, you’re having a happy time of it and enjoying your Ada day to the fullest!

PS: I also think that my dear friend Ana at things mean a lot did such a great link round-up, I have to direct you to it! Enjoy!


2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Nymeth
    Oct 07, 2011 @ 20:59:26

    Aw, thanks for the link! And MANY thanks for mentioning the TED talks, which I hadn’t come across before. So much awesomeness to explore 😀


  2. Andi (Estella's Revenge)
    Oct 10, 2011 @ 19:01:28

    What fun! I need to forward this to our Program Chair for IT. 😉


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