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Dr Ben Bennett will be talking about the evolution of computers and computer languages
Dr Ben Bennett will be talking about the evolution of computers and computer languages

Press Release - 04 October 2006

Free lecture: Linda & Ada - what is the Lovelace connection?

Local people can separate the facts from the myths and urban legends that surround the evolution of computers and computer languages in a free lecture at the University of Bath in Swindon on Wednesday 11 October.

In his talk Dr Ben Bennett, a director at Intel, will take a random walk through the development of computers and computer languages and stop to look at the facts, the hardware, the myths and urban legends around them.

In his talk Dr Bennett will look at the evolution of the computer and computer languages, starting from Neolithic times and moving, very rapidly, to the 19th century where Charles Babbage laid down the blueprints for the first programmable computer.

It will look at Babbage's links with Byron's daughter, Ada Lovelace, and trace how weaving and the size of a dollar bill are inextricably linked with the formation of IBM. It will conclude with looking at how computers (and languages) are evolving and just what America's most famous pornographic actresses has to do with the University of Yale's computing department...

"This talk is a light-hearted meander through computing technology," said Dr Bennett. "It's not too serious, with a lot of irreverence thrown in, but I hope it will be a starting point for people to go off and look at all things computing in a different way."

Ben Bennett's work at Intel is focused on developing extremely large parallel computers of the future but he feels that there is a lot to be learnt from looking at computing history.

Intel has a close association with the National Museum of Science & Technology and many of the hardware artefacts referred to in Dr Bennett's talk are housed at the Science Museum with a large number of other important computing milestones stored at the large object storage facility at the Science Museum, Wroughton.

Ben Bennett is a director of Intel's High Performance Computing Programs Office, based in Swindon. He has worked for Intel in Swindon and in the United States for sixteen years. He was previously a lecturer at Huddersfield University, teaching a broad electrical and electronic engineering syllabus, with research interests in electronic music synthesis and parallel programming techniques.

Admission and parking for the lecture is free and people can just turn up on the evening. The lecture runs from 5.30pm until 6.30pm in the main hall at the Oakfield campus.

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