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The Lovelace--De Morgan mathematical correspondence: A critical re-appraisal

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Ada Lovelace is widely regarded as an early pioneer of computer science, due to an 1843 paper about Charles Babbage's Analytical Engine, which, had it been built, would have been a general-purpose computer. However, there has been considerable disagreement among scholars as to her mathematical proficiency. This paper presents the first account by historians of mathematics of the correspondence between Lovelace and the mathematician Augustus De Morgan from 1840--41. Detailed contextual analysi...

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10.1016/j.hm.2017.04.001

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Queens College
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Historia Mathematica Journal website
Volume:
44
Issue:
3
Pages:
202-231
Publication date:
2017-05-09
Acceptance date:
2017-04-01
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EISSN:
1090-249X
ISSN:
0315-0860
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pubs:687761
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uri:a3d80fa3-3162-468b-ad5b-3dc2853e5e1c
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uuid:a3d80fa3-3162-468b-ad5b-3dc2853e5e1c
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