Enchantress of Numbers

Enchantress of Numbers

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The only legitimate child of Lord Byron, the most brilliant, revered, and scandalous of the Romantic poets, Ada was destined for fame long before her birth. Estranged from Ada’s father, who was infamously “mad, bad, and dangerous to know,” Ada’s mathematician mother is determined to save her only child from her perilous Byron heritage. Banishing fairy tales and make-believe from the nursery, Ada’s mother provides her daughter with a rigorous education grounded in mathematics and science. Any troubling spark of imagination—or worse yet, passion or poetry—is promptly extinguished. Or so her mother believes.

When Ada is introduced into London society as a highly eligible young heiress, she at last discovers the intellectual and social circles she has craved all her life. Little does she realize that her delightful new friendship with inventor Charles Babbage—brilliant, charming, and occasionally curmudgeonly—will shape her destiny. Intrigued by the prototype of his first calculating machine, the Difference Engine, and enthralled by the plans for his even more advanced Analytical Engine, Ada resolves to help Babbage realize his extraordinary vision, unique in her understanding of how his invention could transform the world. All the while, she passionately studies mathematics—ignoring skeptics who consider it an unusual, even unhealthy pursuit for a woman—falls in love, discovers the shocking secrets behind her parents’ estrangement, and comes to terms with the unquenchable fire of her imagination.

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    An overly long prologue to this book tells the story of the courtship and brief unhappy marriage of Lord Byron and his wife Annabella that resulted in the birth of one child, Augusta Ada later known a...

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    2.5 Stars. While I thought this was a very informative and well researched book about Ada Lovelace this at times was tedious to read. I didn't know much beforehand about her life except that she was t...

  • Quirkyreader

    This was a good fictional account of Ada Lovelace's life. In the future I plan on reading more about her.There is not much else to say because the story speaks for its self....

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    I knew Jennifer Chiaverini as the quilt novel author. She introduced me to the idea that quilts were signposts for the Underground Railroad in The Runaway Quilt which I loved. I knew that she'd been w...

  • Kris - My Novelesque Life

    ENCHANTRESS OF NUMBERS Written by Jennifer ChiaveriniDecember 2017; 446 Pages (Dutton)Genre: historical fiction, history, biography, science/mathListened to on Audio(I received an ARC from the PUBLISH...

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    I enjoyed reading about Ada Lovelace's life, especially since the only thing I knew about her was that she is considered to be the first computer programmer. This was the first book I've read by Chiav...

  • Darla

    After reading about Ada Lovelace in The Colors of Madeleine Series by Jaclyn Moriarty, this book immediately caught my eye on the Edelweiss site. A big thanks to them and Penguin Publishing for the AR...

  • Carole P. Roman

    Jennifer Chiaverini captures the essence of Regency England in her book Enchantress of Numbers: A Novel of Ada Lovelace. While I knew about Lord Bryon, his affair with Caroline Lamb, I knew nothing ab...

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    ***I received a digital advance copy of this through Penguin's First to Read program in exchange for my thoughts. It goes on sale Dec. 5.For about two years I have been fascinated by whatever I can le...

  • Judy Lesley

    Thank you to NetGalley and Penguin Group Dutton for a digital galley of this novel.I thoroughly enjoy learning about historical figures through fictionalized versions of their lives which contain the ...