Answer: The Ada computer programming language was named after Ada Lovelace who is often considered to be the first computer programmer. In the 1830s, when Ada was still a teenager, she began studying advanced mathematics and later developed the world’s first computer program, the Bernoulli number algorithm. To learn more about Ada’s and other women’s contributions to the field of computer programming, explore the National Museum of Computing’s online exhibit using Google Arts & Culture website or app. The Explora database contains additional information on these topics (you will need to sign in using your library card number).
The Westbrook Public Library also has a variety of books about Ada Lovelace and computer programming, including:
- Beginner’s Step-by-Step Coding Course: Learn Computer Programming the Easy Way by DK Dorling Kindersley
- The Book of Gutsy Women by Hillary Rodham Clinton
- Ada Lovelace, Poet of Science: The First Computer Programmer by Diane Stanley
- Wonder Women: 25 Innovators, Inventors, and Trailblazers who Changed History by Sam Maggs
- Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls: 100 Tales of Extraordinary Women by Elena Favilli
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