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200th anniversary of the birth of Ada Lovelace, chiefly known for her work on Charles Babbage’s unbuilt mechanical general-purpose computer, the Analytical Engine. The Symposium is aimed at a broad audience of those interested in the history and culture of mathematics and computer science, presenting new discoveries for the Oxford archives, and other current scholarship on Lovelace’s life and work, computing and artificial intelligence.

Assessment

This course does not involve any written exams. Students need to answer 5 assignment questions to complete the course, the answers will be in the form of written work in pdf or word. Students can write the answers in their own time. Each answer needs to be 200 words (1 Page). Once the answers are submitted, the tutor will check and assess the work.

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Course Credit: University of Oxford

Course Curriculum

Module: 01
Introduction to the Ada Lovelace Symposium 00:09:00
Charles Babbage and Ada Lovelace: two visions of computing 00:45:00
Interpreting dreams of abstract machines 00:37:00
Notions and notations: designing computers before computing 00:28:00
Ada Lovelace, a scientist in the archives 00:32:00
Turning numbers into notes 00:30:00
From Byron to the Ada Programming Language 00:15:00
Ada Lovelace lives forever: Ada’s four questions 00:30:00
Will you concede me Poetical Science? 01:00:00
Module: 02
Pythagoras to pacifism: mathematics and archives 00:26:00
The early education of Ada Byron 00:29:00
The mathematical correspondence of Ada Lovelace and Augustus De Morgan 00:25:00
Enchantress of Numbers or a mere debugger?: a brief history of cultural and academic understandings of Ada Lovelace 00:24:00
The Analytical Engine and the Aeolian Harp 00:22:00
Imaginary engines 00:47:00
Mathematics and culture: geometry and its ‘Figures in the Air’ 00:42:00
Humans, machines, and the future of work 00:39:00
Enchantress of Abstraction, Bride of Science: must Ada Lovelace be a superheroine? 00:59:00
Assessment
Submit Your Assignment 00:00:00
Certification 00:00:00

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