Enchantress of Numbers

Enchantress of Numbers

A Novel of Ada Lovelace

Book - 2017
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"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 troubling spark of imagination--or worse yet, passion or poetry--is promptly extinguished. Or so her mother believes. When 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 life. Little does she realize that her delightful new friendship with inventor Charles Babbage--brilliant, charming, and occasionally curmudgeonly--will shape her destiny..."--Dust jacket.
Publisher: New York, New York, N.Y. : Dutton, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC, 2017.
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781101985205
Branch Call Number: CHI
Characteristics: 433 pages : genealogical table ; 24 cm


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Jul 29, 2018

I love this author because she brings historical figures to life. I had never heard of Ada Augusta Byron and am now awed by what she accomplished during a time when women it was believed that female minds were incapable of anything academic.

Jul 29, 2018

I like this author and enjoyed the book. It was a little repetitive and somewhat tedious in describing her childhood battles with her mother and governesses but overall was very interesting. Her mother was almost neglectful I would say and it is a credit that she was able to get through her childhood without any friends of her own age and with constant criticism. Her interest in mathematics was so all consuming it made me envious, in today's world she could really have soared. This book reminds us of how far women have come in relation to being able to own property, have money of their own, careers, birth control, education and other aspects which we take for granted. She was a very strong woman despite many challenges she carved out a good life for herself.

Nov 04, 2017

After reading about Ada Lovelace in The Colors of Madeleine Series by Jaclyn Moriarty, this book immediately caught my eye on the Edelweiss site. A big thanks to them and Penguin Publishing for the ARC of this forthcoming novel.

Chiaverini took great care in telling Ada's story beginning with the romance between her mother and Lord Byron, their calamitous marriage and estrangement and then continuing to tell Ada's story from birth to death. It is difficult to be sympathetic to Lady Byron through much of the book, but we get a very good understanding of Ada and how her parentage contributed to her title of "Enchantress of Numbers" which in that time was quite a feat for a woman. The context was also thoroughly done and we see the rise and fall of monarchs as well as Ada's friendship with historical figures like Charles Dickens.

This would make an excellent book group selection. There are so many issues that could be discussed including the fears Lady Byron had of Ada following her father's footsteps into madness; the accomplishments of women in a time when they had no such expectations, the machines Babbage was working on and their contribution to our modern computer age, etc.


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