Thursday, January 20, 2011

2D Goggles, Or, The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace & Babbage: a webcomic

Something which, for some reason, I only came across just now:

A webcomic consisting of the chronicles of Charles Babbage (the inventor of the first computer, which, alas, was never built---but it might be soon: see here!) and Ada Lovelace (the first computer programmer) in an alternative world where Ada Lovelace didn't die at age of 36, and where Babbage and Lovelace successfully developed the first computer (giving humanity the necessary technological advantage to repel the alien invasion of 1898) and went on to use their combined powers to fight crime and have thrilling adventures.

Here's a taste:

See more here.

Part of what I really like about this comic is its footnotes. Yes, it has footnotes, references to various primary (and secondary) sources relevant to the comic, like Babbage's autobiography.

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