Ada Byron wrote a plan giving suggestions on how the Analytical Engine, created by Charles Babbage, could be used to produce a table of the Bernoulli numbers. In 1979, the U.S. Department of Defense developed a software program and named it "Ada" in honor of her contribution in computing.Continue Reading
Ada Byron was the daughter of noted poet Lord Byron. At a young age she began studies in math and science with her tutor, Augustus De Morgan. She met Babbage in her teen years at a party. Babbage gave Ada an overview of his Analytical Engine. She later contributed to the machine by publishing translations originally written in Italian. She did this in 1843.
Ada’s translation notes included algorithms, step-by-step sequences and actions to solve specific types of math problems. Ada also added some statements in the article, some of which speculated that not only could the engine act on numbers, but it could also act on other things. She also speculated that the engines would be able to compose extensive and elaborate pieces of music irrespective of the music's level of complexity. There are many other statements that she made and, as a result, today she is known as the first programmer.Learn more about Computer History
The first machine resembling modern-day computers was created by Charles Babbage in 1822. At that time, the primary goal for Babbage was to create a machine that was capable of computing math problems.Full Answer >
In 1822, the mathematician Charles Babbage designed the first programmable computer, which was steam powered and programmed with punch cards. However, Babbage was unable to complete the machine, which he called a difference engine, due to a lack of government funding. In 1936, Alan Turing conceived of the first electronic computing machine capable of calculating anything computable and storing programs in memory. Various prototypes were secretly built and used during World War II to decode German military radio transmissions.Full Answer >
Charles Babbage invented his analytical engine between 1833 and 1871. The first freely programmable calculator, considered the first digital computer, was called the Z1 and was created in 1936 by Konrad Zuse. It spurred computer development around the world.Full Answer >
In 1822, Charles Babbage first idealized a machine capable of making computations. In 1936, Alan Turing created the first modern-style computer, and Konrad Zuse created the first electronic-programmable computer. In 1942, John Vincent Atanasoff created the first digital computer. In 1953, IBM designed and marketed the first mass-produced computer.Full Answer >