Saturday, September 3, 11 AM
Author/Illustrator Fiona Robinson presents Ada's Ideas: The Story of Ada Lovelace, the World's First Computer Programmer
Ada Lovelace was the daughter of the poet Lord Byron and the mathematician Anna Isabella Milbanke. Her parents separated when she was young, and her mother insisted on a logic-focused education, rejecting Byron’s “mad” love of poetry. But Ada remained fascinated with her father too, and considered mathematics “poetical science.” Through her friendship with inventor Charles Babbage, she became involved in “programming” his Analytical Engine, a precursor to the computer, becoming the world’s first computer programmer. Beloved and award-winning author and illustrator Fiona Robinson, creator of Whale Shines and What Animals Really Like, brings Ada to life with this picture book biography of a woman who saw the potential for numbers to make art, sure to delight and inspire girls and boys, mathematicians and poets alike. Fiona visits Greenlight for an interactive story time and some art and math activities. Ages 3 to 8.