Ganga and Yamuna
Poetical science: Merger of Maths and music
Ada Lovelace!! Yes, that was a woman who had etched her name in history.
Females are known to dominate the creative world with their natural artistic flair and with their feminine right side.
Ada on the other hand was an epitome of the perfect balance of both the art side- the right brain dominated sphere and the scientific side- the left brain dominated sphere.
She developed the first-ever Computer programming by a woman.
How can a female of that generation submerge herself into the world of analytics, logistics, mathematics, calculations etc and create a masterpiece out of that knowledge originally?
How did she train her brain to achieve the unexpected?
What led her to the path less travelled.
Let’s follow her story
Ada was a child of the Romantic poet Lord Byron and a mathematically brilliant aristocrat, Baroness Annabella Milbanke. (one completely right-sided and one completely left )Byron and Milbanke’s marriage didn’t last long and anything excess is a problem……
Byron separated from his wife a month after Ada was born and left England forever four months later. He commemorated the parting in a poem that begins, “Is thy face like thy mother’s my fair child! ADA! the sole daughter of my house and heart?”In the Greek War of Independence, he died of the disease when Ada was just eight years old.
But her mother remained complete left-sided and enforced Ada to develop an interest in mathematics and logic to prevent her from developing an art side like his father and discouraged her poetical side of her.
As we know with today’s times…we too are pushed more towards one side… resulting in the other suppressed side becoming out of proportion owing to no outlet.
Ada was a quick learner. By the time she was a teenager, she’d already devised a plan for engineering a flying apparatus.
However, her mother couldn’t erase her poetical side, which was an unavoidable counterpart evident in her.
In about of defiance, she told her mother:
“You will not concede to me philosophical poetry. Invert the order! Instead of a poetical philosophy, will you give me a poetical science?”
As she kept progressing her educational and social exploits brought her into contact with scientists such as Andrew Crosse, Charles Babbage, Sir David Brewster, Charles Wheatstone, Michael Faraday and the author Charles Dickens, contacts which she used to further her education. Ada described her approach to them as a “poetical science” and herself as an “Analyst (& Metaphysician)”
When she was 19, Ada began attending gatherings hosted by an eccentric mathematician, Charles Babbage.
Not long after they’d met, Lovelace and Babbage began working on something called the “Analytical Engine”, which is widely considered the world’s first computer.
Ada saw something that Babbage in some sense failed to see. In Babbage’s world, his engines were bound by number…What Lovelace saw rather than what Ada Byron saw—was that number could represent entities other than quantity. So once you had a machine for manipulating numbers, if those numbers represented other things, letters, musical notes, then the machine could manipulate symbols of which number was one instance, according to rules. It is this fundamental transition from a machine which is a number cruncher to a machine for manipulating symbols according to rules that is the fundamental transition from calculation to computation
Ada’s poetic creative side complemented the research and invention, which was not possible without her ability to imagine. Her ability to create mixes with her mathematical brilliance – the components she’d inherited from both of her parents – contributed to this leap forward for science and humanity.
In 1851, the year before her cancer struck, she wrote to her mother mentioning certain productions she was working on regarding the relationship between maths and music.
She was set on the path to keep executing an ideal sync of both her right creative brain and left calculative brain that brought many transformational changes in the scientific history of discoveries.
This story depicts what happens when right and left don’t go hand in hand and only follow one path out of unawareness or by succumbing to compulsions of the conscious world… gradually the need for another polarity becomes huge.
Once you develop the vision to see through you will recognize how nature tries all its ways to bring left and right within and around us together.
The Left dominance from their mother and right brain from her father not only helped her see the unison holistic discoveries but I am convinced it also would have functioned as the key to help her mother and father watch what is missing in them to be more complete as personalities.
In today’s date- Part of the terrace at Worthy Manor in the UK is known as ’The Philosopher’s Walk’, as it was there that Lovelace and Babbage were reputed to have walked while discussing mathematical principles.