Today is Ada Lovelace Day – a day of blogging about and celebrating women in science. I used to be a proper working scientist and am now a school one, but I confess I was totally unaware of the day, and Ada Lovelace herself. It turns out she was Byron’s daughter, and was a programmer for Babbage’s Analytical Engine.
The pic to the right shows Rosalind Franklin who did much of the work on DNA, but didn’t get on the Nobel ticket. Several other bloggers have written great posts on women in science today, so I’m going to direct you to them…
Only a few days until I get to see Philip Pullman at the Oxford Literary Festival. I read in the paper that there’ll be security guards at the Sheldonian. Although I paid for a good ticket, the seats are still unreserved which is irritating. How early should I get there? Will he be signing afterwards given that there may be some fundamentalist agitators around? I’ll have to cross fingers and see and I’ll report back to you.
- The Concert Ticket by Olga Grushin. I couldn’t resist this novel – It’s Russian for a start! It features a family who are all desperate to get a ticket to a ‘For One Night Only’ concert by an exiled composer. Going to the concert would mean different things to each of them …
- Direct Red: A Surgeon’s Story by Gabriel Weston. This surgeon’s autobiography has been on my radar ever since it came out, but I couldn’t quite bring myself to buy the hardback – but now the paperback is here. I’ve read many reviews and everyone has really rated it.
- A Madman Dreams Of Turing Machines by Janna Levin. A faction novel about the lives of scientists Alan Turing and Kurt Gödel written by a young physicist.