Ada Lovelace and Charles Babbage were two real and somewhat eccentric Victorians who conceived of the foundations for modern computing. Tonight on Inquiry we talk with SYDNEY PADUA, animator, special effects artists, comics writer and artist about her wonderful steam punk re-imagining of these geniuses THE THRILLING ADVENTURES OF LOVELACE AND BABBAGE: THE (MOSTLY) TRUE STORY OF THE FIRST COMPUTER. This is a book like no other: part thrilling fiction, part actual history and all wonderfully drawn and written. Tune in and learn all about the cheese mite theory of the universe!
Mark Catesby traveled to Virginia from Britain in 1712. While in the Americas, he visited the Appalachians, Jamaica, Bermuda and the Bahamas sketching the plants and animals he found. He also sent many seeds of new plants back to Britain. Returning to his home country, he proceeded to write and illustrate one of the most beautiful natural history books about Carolina, Florida and the Bahamas. Tonight on Inquiry, we talk with E. CHARLES NELSON, writer, editor and botanist, who has edited a stunning new collection of essays about THE CURIOUS MISTER CATESBY.