Two women emerging from Byron’s shadow
In 1815, Annabella Milbanke married the notorious and brilliant Lord Byron. Just one year later, she fled, taking with her their baby daughter, the future Ada Lovelace. Byron’s little girl was introduced to mathematics as a means of calming her wild spirits. As an exuberant and boldly unconventional young woman, she amplified her explanations of Charles Babbage’s unbuilt calculating engine to predict – as nobody would do for another century – the dawn today of our modern computer age. Miranda, a novelist, biographer and critic, is a former visiting professor at Nottingham Trent University.