Code Aesthetics: Ada Lovelace

October 15, 2013 § Leave a comment

It’s Ada Lovelace day.

Here’s her table-format code for Babbage’s Difference engine:

ada lovelace code


“Again, [the Analytical Engine] might act upon other things besides number, were objects found whose mutual fundamental relations could be expressed by those of the abstract science of operations, and which should be also susceptible of adaptations to the action of the operating notation and mechanism of the engine . . . Supposing, for instance, that the fundamental relations of pitched sounds in the science of harmony and of musical composition were susceptible of such expression and adaptations, the engine might compose elaborate and scientific pieces of music of any degree of complexity or extent.”  — Ada Lovelace

Read her original essay on the difference engine here.

More on Ada here and here.



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