Time Magazine: Man of the Millennium

Patrick Juola juola at mathcs.duq.edu
Mon Oct 19 08:24:04 EST 1998


In article <709g00$80a$1 at nnrp1.dejanews.com>,  <mycetes at my-dejanews.com> wrote:
>In article <7033ii$v4u$1 at coranto.ucs.mun.ca>,
>  n57mgb at morgan.ucs.mun.ca (Michael Gerald Burton) wrote:
>>
>> Just on the whole woman of the millenium...
>>
>> I would think that (Lady) Ada Lovelace would be more of a candidate than
>> any code monkey out there today.  Her ideas founded, simultaneously, the
>> science of computer linguistics and the field which would eventually allow
>> the creation of a true mass-production society.
>>
>> I would think that you all know of the first honor (she was working with
>> Charles Babbage).  The second stems from the fact that many of her ideas
>> were eventually used in Jaquardian looms to bring greater efficiency to
>> the automating process.  And Jaquardian looms were a
>> demonstration-in-practice of the practicality of the same concepts used to
>> begin Henry Ford's empire at the turn of the next century.
>>
>
>Ada Lovelace was not the progenitor of Computer Programming. Charles Babbage
>was. The program she published in her famous paper was a copy of a
>handwritten one which Babbage had given her for that purpose. This is more
>plainly understood if one realises that Babbage developed the programming
>language first and would have tried it out long before he would have given it
>to Ada to play with. Ada's primary role in the history of computing was to
>translate that paper, which had originally appeared in French. It was
>Babbage's idea that the English translation should contain more than the
>original French one.

Interesting.  Charles Babbage, an Englishman, writes a paper in French
and has to have it translated into English for him.  I must admit
that I'm skeptical about this.  Do you have a reference?

	-kitten




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