Oxford Literary Festival

17th March 2018

Various locations and times

Wadhamites John McHugo (Oriental Studies, 1970) and Ursula Martin, Senior Research Fellow in Computer Science, are among a host of academics and authors taking part in the FT Weekend Oxford Literary Festival 2018.

Ursula Martin: Ada Lovelace: The Making of a Computer Scientist
With Miranda Seymour, chaired by Samuel Fanous
Monday, 19 March 2018, 4:00pm
Weston Lecture Theatre
Tickets: £13.50

John McHugo: A Concise History of Sunnis and Shi’is
Wednesday, 21 March 2018, 6:00pm
Oxford Martin School: Lecture Theatre
Tickets: £8 - £13.50

New books about Ada Lovelace

Ada Lovelace is famous for her 1843 account of the unbuilt Analytical Engine, a mechanical computer designed by Charles Babbage, which would have had the same computational abilities as a modern general purpose computer. 

Ada Lovelace: The Making of a Computer Scientist, by Christopher Hollings, Ursula Martin and Adrian Rice will be published in April 2018 by the Bodleian Library, in partnership with the Clay Mathematics Institute. It presents the first accessible account of Lovelace’s scientific and mathematical education, showing how she learned as well as what she learned.  It is illustrated with extracts from her childhood exercises, the remarkable mathematical correspondence course she took with the eminent mathematician Augustus De Morgan, and even pages from her mathematical doodles where she explores popular puzzles of the day. 

Ursula Martin and Christopher Hollings are members of Oxford’s Mathematical Institute, and Adrian Rice is Professor of Mathematics at Randolph-Macon College in Virginia, USA.

Also published this year, Miranda Seymour’s In Byron’s Wake is a portrait of Ada Lovelace, and her mother, Annabella Milbanke, and shows how the spirit of Lovelace’s absent father, Lord Byron, governed and haunted their lives. Seymour is a novelist and critic, and biographer of Ottoline Morrell, Robert Graves and Mary Shelley.