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Cover Quote: May 1963

The bounds of arithmetic were however outstepped the moment the idea of applying the punched cards had occurred; and the Analytical Engine does not occupy common ground with mere “calculating machines.” It holds a position wholly its own; and the considerations it suggests are most interesting in their nature. In enabling mechanisms to combine together general symbols in successions of unlimited variety and extent, a uniting link is established between the operations of matter and the abstract mental processes of the most abstract branch of mathematical science. A new, a vast, and a powerful language is developed for the future use of analysis, in which to wield its truths so that these may become of more speedy and accurate application for the purpose of mankind than the means hitherto in our possession have rendered possible.



- Ada Augusta Lovelace
Notes to L. F. Menabrea’s Memoir, 1842
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