Daily Graphic Novel Recommendation 37

The Thrilling Adventures Of Lovelace And Babbage

by Sydney Padua
Genre notes: math, history, footnotes
320 pages
ISBN: 0307908275 (Amazon)

Thing 1: Padua's Ada Lovelace was pretty badass and fascinating.

Thing 2: The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage is an exciting book about a lot of really boring subjects.

There's a lot of math and engineering and economic theory that form the bedrock of this book, but Padua approaches it in inventive and humourous ways. I'm sure people who actually have an interest in those subjects will be over the moon for this book, but for the rest of us, Padua still crafts something interesting and informative and funny and crisp. And her footnotes are nearly as interesting as those that inhabit Jonathan Strange And Mr Norrel.

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