Jessica Cook’s Research Highlights World’s First Computer Programmer

March 17, 2023

PhD candidate Jessica Cook’s archive work shines light on mathematician Ada Lovelace, bringing attention to the fact that Lovelace published the first description of a computer program.

“I hope that by putting all of this material out there, we can finally see the depth and breadth of Lovelace’s genius,” Cook said. “The archive is a treasure trove of handwritten documents that tantalizingly hint at a much fuller picture of Lovelace — not just as a computing pioneer, but also as an aspiring poet, neuroscientist and Christian metaphysician of creativity and free will.”

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