Enchantress of Numbers (Free)

I enjoyed reading about Ada Lovelace S LIFE ESPECIALLY SINCE THE ONLY life especially since the only 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 acking somewhat I didn t feel as connected to the characters as I should have been it seemed ike Chiaverini was didn t want to stray too far from the facts of Ada s ife but in doing so these historical t want to stray too far from the facts of Ada s ife but in doing so these historical Ada s ife but in doing so these historical come off as rather flat characters I wish the book had flushed 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 oved 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 about 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 ike 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 egitimate 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 essen her achievements Isaac Newton is uoted as having said If I have seen further it is by standing on ye 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 The GI Bride 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 initerature history He also sounds ike a huge jerk to people around him And the whole thing with his sister is definitelyodd Then I 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 Chiaverini was writing a book on her Chiaverini has most written about American historical figures especially in the Civil War era I was really interested in reading this one Chiaverini is a good writer and she was able to make Lovelace s time period come alive With the narrator s accent and reading of it I felt ike I was there Chiaverini is great at descriptions and makes her books come alive However in that same vain she is also too detailed There are moments when it feels ike a fact drop While the time and place comes alive the characters sometimes become neglected as people and driven by descriptions The plot and story i. The only Ratscalibur legitimate child of Lord Byron the most brilliant revered and scandalous of the Romantic poets Ada was destined for fameong 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. Enchantress of NumbersR eading female mathematician of the age Mary SomervilleThe first person narration does grate and the novel is over The Selected Poems long for all the wrong reasons the interesting aspects of herife were does grate and the novel is over A Shark Never Sleeps: Wheeling and Dealing with the NFL's Most Ruthless Agent long for all the wrong reasons the interesting aspects of herife were 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 pioneering 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 My Jihad: The True Story of An American Mujahid's Amazing Journey from Usama Bin Laden's Training Camps to Counterterrorism with the FBI and CIA let down by aess than satisfactory novel An overly The Book of Leviathan 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 Adaater 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 Nine Ghosts 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 hasittle interest in science I had to Las Maravillosas Obras de Dios: Historias B�blicas Para La Familia 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 year 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 whiched 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 ife 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 ong 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 ifetime 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 come from the female mind the subject not as significant if it had not be as sound if it had come from the female mind the subject not as significant if it had been entrusted to feminine handsI really wish that there had been emphasis on science and ess 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 publishe. 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 ove discovers the shocking secrets behind her parents’ estrangement and comes to terms with the unuenchable fire of her imagination. Nes sometimes get ost and moments get dull I think Chiaverini s novels could be brilliant if there was a bit editor input this book did get me editor input This book did get me to earn about Ada and Byron It is hard to say if I recommend this novelI received an eARC from NETGALLEYMy Novelesue Blog The chronological and developmental ages of Ada do not coincide 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 years she was one of the few mainstream authors I could count on for a well written novel especially her historical portraits that was clean Unfortunately with this novel that is not the caseTo my clean reading friends you 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 ife In the future I Plan On Reading About plan on reading about 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 ife 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 Der Verlorene Koffer: A Graded Reader for Beginning Students look into a young woman whoseife begun in a custody battle after her parents became estranged and who suffered ILLERAMMA Kathalu 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 courseove 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 American Literature Student Text life it was a wonder that she went to become a mathematical genius in her own right being regarded as the first computer programmerThank you 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 briefife of Ada Lovelace daughter of Lord Byron and a mathematician of genius It follows fairly closely the details of Lovelace s Cheyenne: A Sweet Historical Romance 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 tooittle on the interesting aspects of her The Battle of Maldon and Other Old English Poems 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 wouldike to be assisting Babbage rather than discussion of their work The novel is imited by the fact that it is narrated by Lovelace herself and by its imited discussion of Lovelace s work There is very Black Wings of Cthulhu little mention of Lovelace s relationships with other men particularly John Crosse to whom sheeft 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 Little is also made of her relationship with the othe. Oubling spark of imagination or worse yet passion or poetry is promptly extinguished Or so her mother believesWhen Ada is introduced into London society as a highly eligible young heiress she at last discovers the intellectual and social circles she has craved all her ife 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. ,