Walter Issacson, whose book about the life of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs has gained tremendous acclaim, has vacated his position as chairman of the Broadcasting Board of Governors to devote more time to his next “big writing project.” What’s the big project you ask? According to the Washington Post, the book will chronicle the history of the digital age, from the famous Ada Byron Lovelace to the present.
Lovelace was the only legitimate child of the 19th century British poet Lord Byron. She is sometimes credited as the world’s first computer programmer and is known for her work on Charles Babbage’s analytical engine, early mechanical general-purpose computer. Between 1842 and 1843, she translated an article by Italian mathematician Luigi Menabrea on the engine and supplemented the translation with her own notes. Her notes are largely recognized as the first computer program.