Movie night: Ada Lovelace documentary Jan 21st

Rohit Khare khare@alumni.caltech.edu
Fri, 17 Jan 2003 16:43:24 -0800


For local FoRKs, I'm planning to see this -- anyone else? I heard about 
it from the Computer History Museum, which has a few other kick-ass 
talks scheduled for the next month, including another one on 2/10 on 
the history of the database market... Best, Rohit

Tuesday, January 21, 2003
U.S. Premiere of the new documentary film "To Dream Tomorrow"
directed by Jo Francis and John Fuegi. The story of
Ada Byron Lovelace and her work with Charles Babbage
on the quest to build the first computer

  6:00 PM. Reception (PLEASE NOTE TIME CHANGE)
  7:00 PM   Film and Q&A session with the directors afterward
  Cubberley Auditorium, School of Education, Lausen Mall,
  Stanford University
  FREE to the public.  NO reservations required.

ABSTRACT
In 1843, Ada Byron Lovelace moved beyond her illustrious
predecessors Leibnitz and Pascal, and even her brilliant contemporary,
Charles Babbage, to describe universal computing much as we
understand it today. World authority on early computing devices,
Doron Swade of the London Science Museum states in "To Dream Tomorrow":
"Ada saw something that Babbage in some sense failed to see. In 
Babbage's
world his engines were bound by number. What Ada Lovelace saw was that
numbers could represent entities other than quantity."

With the aid of Ada's descendant, the Earl of Lytton, the directors have
done a fresh and comprehensive reading of Lovelace and Babbage material 
at
Oxford's Bodleian Library, the Woking History Center, the British 
Library
and in private collections. The film was shot at some of the most
dazzlingly beautiful locations in England.

SPONSORS:
- Computer History Museum
- Stanford University
  - Department of Communication
  - Institute for Research on Women and Gender
  - Senior Associate Dean, School of Engineering
  - Women in Computer Science
- Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities
EVENT URL: For directions and more information go to
http://www.computerhistory.org/events/lectures/ada_01212003/



FEBRUARY
Monday, February 10, 2003
CHRIS DATE, HERB EDELSTEIN, BOB EPSTEIN, KEN JACOBS, PAT SELINGER,
ROGER SIPPL AND MICHAEL STONEBRAKER, WITH MODERATOR  GEORGE SCHUSSEL
"How Databases Changed the World"
   7:00 PM Panel Discussion
   Moffett Training and Conference Center, Bldg. 3
   Moffett Field, CA
   EVENT URL: http://www.computerhistory.org/database_02102003