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cs4fn Magazine+: Issue 20: Ada lovelace

ISSN 1754-3657 (Print)

ISSN 1754-3665 (Online)

2015 is the 200th anniversary of Ada Lovelace’s birth. Famous as 'the first programmer' her vision of computer science was far wider. To celebrate, issue 20 of cs4fn magazine explores her life, her ideas and where modern research has taken some of those ideas. Women’s research is also still at the forefront of interdisciplinary computer science. We will look at what other Victorian Computer Science was around at the time and also see how her work linked to the very modern idea of computational thinking.

A pdf version is available to download for free.

Issue 20 of the cs4fn magazine directs you to the web site for more on various articles. Find all the articles as well as linked extras below.

The articles

Becoming a Computer Scientist

A fan Geek gurl parties in the 1830's

Victorian Robots

A silver cyborg The Silver Lady

Secret Messages, Life and Death

A fan Dickens Knitting in code

Human Factors

coloured pens Vulgar coloured pens

Puzzles and Graphs

The Bridges of Konigsberg Puzzling Victorian Doodles

The Real Frankenstein

Cartoon of Frankenstein's monster A Storm in a Bell Jar


Electricity arcing Following Faraday


Red brain glowing in a skeleton Brain Matter

Evolution and Intelligence

DNA manipulated by a robot arm Clever Genes


A heart with electical signal Model a heart

Magic: Hunting the high seas

Treasure and a map Hunting for treasure, following vectors

Flight and Languages

Angel made of clouds Autopilot Ada!

The Computer Revolution

Female head, swirling pattern Looking to the future

Ada Lovelace

Cogs and a Nebula cloud More on Ada Lovelace

Women in Computing

Cover of women are here issue: woman's head with coogs Women still lead the way

cs4fn issue 20 is edited by Paul Curzon, Jane Waite, and Peter McOwan of Queen Mary University of London and Ursula Martin of the University of Oxford. Autumn 2015. EPSRC supported this issue through research grant (EP/K040251/2). The issue was also supported by the Mayor of London and Department for Education. cs4fn is a partner on the BBC’s Make It Digital Programme. cs4fn is generously supported by Google.