We want to wish all of our readers a Happy St. Patrick’s Day, Easter, and Passover! Remember March is “Music in Our Schools Month” so start your day right by listening to Classical music which has the power to improve your mood, make you smarter, help you work faster with more accuracy, improves health and healing, grows healthier plants in fewer days, increases sales in stores, soothes your mind and preventing crime. If school cafeterias and school buses played Classical Music, the students would be calmer and more focused without violent tendencies.
Our article of the month for March 2013: “5 Key Ingredients to Creating a Memorable Speech or Presentation” by Madeline Frank, Ph.D.
Our blog features August Ada Byron King, Countess of Lovelace ,“The Enchantress of Numbers”, mathematician, metaphysician, analyst, founder of Scientific Computing, “produced the design for a flying machine” (in 1828), the “First Computer Programmer” was a wife, mother of three children and was a musician, a harpist.
Ada Byron was born on December 10, 1815 to Lord George Gordon Byron, poet and his wife Anna Isabella Milbanke Byron. Ada’s parents signed a Deed of Separation shortly after she was born. Lady Byron knew of Lord Byron’s immoral behavior. Under English law the fathers were normally given full custodial rights of their children. Lord Byron agreed to Lady Byron’s request. Lord Byron’s sister was to inform him about his daughter’s welfare. Lord Byron died when Ada was eight years old. Ada was Lord Byron’s only legitimate child.
As a very young child Ada Byron was often in the care of her grandmother Judith Milbanke. Her grandmother dies in 1822. At the age of 8 she was quite ill with headaches that “obscured her vision.” After having measles at the age of 14 in 1829 she became paralyzed. For almost a year her doctor had her on bed rest and during this time her education continued. She walked with crutches by 1831.
Lady Byron had studied mathematics herself and raised Ada to be a mathematician and scientist. She did not want her daughter to be a poet like her father, Lord Byron. So, Lady Byron, Ada’s mother had her tutored in mathematics, science and music rather than in poetry and literature.
Ada and her mother belonged to the “elite London society” in which gentlemen pursued geology, botany, or astronomy. In the 19th Century there was no such word as scientist and “noblewomen in intellectual pursuits” (p.1). This was not encouraged. Doris Langley Moore, 1977: Ada: Countess of Lovelace (London: John Murray). Ada studied the harp beginning as a young child. Music lessons were part of her education.
Joan Baum in her 1986 book, The Calculating Passion of Ada Byron, says, “Lady Byron had insisted on the cultivation of mathematics primarily because its discipline represented for her the direct opposite of everything associated with her depraved husband: dangerous fancy, melancholy moods, evil, even insanity.” She also said, “Lady Byron arranged a full study schedule for her child, emphasizing music and arithmetic-music to be put to purposes of social service, arithmetic to train the mind.” She understood the connection between the rhythm of music to mathematics on training the brain.
Ada Byron’s Tutors and Mentors:
Ada’s tutors were William Frend and William King. She studied mathematics, science, music, playing the harp, drawing, and languages. She became an expert in French. Later she studied with Mary Somerville, a noted 19th century scientific author and researcher who taught her science and mathematics. Ada had a strong affection and respect for Somerville and they corresponded frequently over the years. Somerville introduced Ada at the age of 17, in 1833, to Charles Babbage, mathematics professor at Cambridge and inventor of the “Difference Engine”, “an elaborate calculating machine that operated by the method of finite differences”. Ada and Babbage corresponded on many subjects including mathematics and logic. Babbage introduced Ada to Augustus de Moyan who taught her mathematics at the University of London.
Ada Byron’s Friends:
Ada Byron became friends with Charles Dickens, Michael Faraday, Charles Babbage, Sir David Brewster, and Charles Wheatstone.
First Computer Programmer:
Ada Byron Lovelace translated Louis Menebrea’s notes, his Memoirs, from Babbage’s seminar on “Babbage’s Analytical Engine” given at the University of Turin in 1842 from French into English. Menebrea was an Italian engineer and later Prime Minister of Italy. For 9 months, from 1842 -1843, Ada worked on her translation. She clearly understood the device and she wrote extensive notes which were more extensive than Menebrae’s original Memoir. She labels them “alphabetically from A to G. In note G, she describes an algorithm for the analytical engine to compute Bernoulli numbers. It is considered the first algorithm ever specifically tailored for implementation on a computer, and Ada is cited as the first computer programmer for this reason.”
Ada Byron King saw the future of “Babbage’s Analytical Engine” that it could be used for composing complex music, producing graphics, for scientific use and for practical use. Moore, D. (1977). Ada, Countess of Lovelace. London: John Murray.
The “Engine” could not be completed during Ada’s life. Her notes were republished “in 1953, over one hundred years after her death. Ada’s notes were realized as a description of an early model for a computer and software.”
Dr. Betty Toole in her 1992 book, “Ada, The Enchantress of Numbers: Profit of the Computer Age” says, “When Ada Byron King was thirty-three she “spent time in Brighton with Charles Dickens. Soon afterwards, February 18, 1849, he wrote that strange things were happening at his hotel.” Dickens said “he wondered if Ada was haunting him, and if so: I hope you won’t do so.” When Ada Byron King died three years later Charles Dickens was one of the last non-family members, besides her physician to see her before her death.
August Ada Byron King died November 27, 1852 at the age of 36 in Marylebone, London, England.
In 1979 the U.S. Department of Defense developed a software language naming it Ada “in her honor”. Toole, B. (1992). Ada, The Enchantress of Numbers. California: Strawberry Press.
Dr. Madeline Frank’s Musical One Minute Radio Show for March 2013:
How did Classical Music play a part of Ada Byron King, Countess of Lovelace’s life as a mathematician, analyst, founder of Scientific Computing, the “First Computer Programmer, wife and mother and what musical instrument did she play?
“5 Key Ingredients to Creating a Memorable Speech or Presentation” by Madeline Frank, Ph.D.
How should you begin your speech or presentation? How about asking a question and then telling a story? What do you think is the most important part of any speech or presentation?
President Abraham Lincoln was known as an eloquent and masterful speaker. During the Civil War, President Lincoln would attend Wednesday night prayer services at the New York Avenue Presbyterian Church not far from the White House with a companion. Reverend Dr. Phineas Gurley, the preacher, invited President Lincoln “to sit in his study with the door open” to hear the sermon assuring the President’s privacy.
When the service was over President Lincoln’s companion asked, “What did you think of tonight’s sermon?”
President Lincoln replied, “Well, it was brilliantly conceived, biblical, relevant, and well presented.”
“So it was a great sermon?”
President Lincoln, “No, it failed. It failed because Dr. Gurley did not ask us to do something great.”
President Lincoln was saying every speech should have a “Call to Action” for the audience to do something. It is not enough for an audience to be inspired. The audience must be motivated to take action. President Lincoln felt the most important part of any speech was for the audience to be motivated to take action after having heard the speech.
Bill Gove, “the legendary father of professional speaking” said, “Your audience will remember your stories long after they forget the content of your speech. Tell a story and make a point…and then tell them another story and make another point.”
The true story of President Lincoln attending prayer services on Wednesday night is a story all of us will remember and his reminder that every speech should have a call to action is something we will not forget. It follows Bill Gove’s important speaking tip “tell a story and make a point.”
The words you choose for your speech must be spoken with passion, conviction, enthusiasm, and clarity. We will never forget the following words of Prime Minister Winston Churchill: “Never, never, never, never give up.”
He spoke these words during the darkest days of WWII while visiting the Harrow School. By choosing the right words he rallied the British people around him to fight against the enemy that wished to take over Great Britain. He empowered his countrymen and women to take action and fight to protect their country.
Patrick Henry said the following words 237 years ago: “Give me liberty or give me death.” He spoke these words with clarity and conviction and these words motivated his audience to take action.
President Ronald Reagan said, “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall”. By choosing the right words President Regan motivated his audience to take action.
So, what are the 5 key ingredients to creating a memorable speech or presentation?
- Speak with passion, conviction, enthusiasm, and clarity.
- Inspire your audience by telling true stories.
- Choose the right words.
- As Bill Gove said, “Make your point after telling a story”.
- At the end of your speech have a “Call to Action”. Remember what President Abraham Lincoln said, “Dr. Gurley did not ask us to do something great.”
By remembering to use these 5 key ingredients in your speech or presentation you will write a masterpiece and your words will inspire others to take action. © 2013 Madeline Frank
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