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Ada's Room (2023)
Sharon Dodo Otoo

This novel follows a woman's soul through four reincarnations, beginning in Africa in the 15th century and ending in Europe during World War II. All four are named "Ada", and one of them happens to be the historical mathematician Ada Lovelace. In this fictional telling of her story, Ada has an affair with Charles Dickens. The book also suggests (unfairly, IMHO) that mathematicians like Hamilton and De Morgan refused to acknowledge "Ada's brilliance on even a single point" despite the fact that their work was mediocre compared with hers.

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GenreHistorical Fiction, Fantasy,
MotifReal Mathematicians, Female Mathematicians, Ada Lovelace,

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