We will be reviewing Enchantress of Numbers as well as our book club discussion questions for February 28, 2018.
The only legitimate child of Lord Byron, the most brilliant, revered, and scandalous of the Romantic poets, Ada was destined for fame long before her birth. But her mathematician mother, estranged from Ada’s infamous and destructively passionate father, is determined to save her only child from her perilous Byron heritage. Banishing fairy tales and make-believe from the nursery, Ada’s mother provides her daughter with a rigorous education grounded in mathematics and science. Any troubling spark of imagination—or worse yet, passion or poetry—is promptly extinguished. Or so her mother believes.
When Ada is introduced into London society as a highly eligible young heiress, she at last discovers the intellectual and social circles she has craved all her life. Little does she realize how her exciting new friendship with Charles Babbage—the brilliant, charming, and occasionally curmudgeonly inventor of an extraordinary machine, the Difference Engine—will define her destiny.
Praises for Enchantress of Numbers:
Booklist says, “[An] exquisite biographical novel…a quintessential example of the form…Wholeheartedly recommended for historical-fiction fans and STEM enthusiasts.”
USA Today says, “Chiaverini makes a convincing case that Ada Byron King is a woman worth celebrating.”
People Magazine says, “An enchanting story about one woman’s struggle for intellectual recognition and independence.”
I am looking forward to reading this historical fiction about Ada Byron King, Countess of Lovelace!