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Lovelace & Babbage

By Agant Ltd.

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"Gorgeous… incredibly engaging, geeky and wickedly witty" –'s Geek Dad

Science heroes Ada Lovelace and Charles Babbage fight crime, clients, street-musicians and poetry in a gadget-filled steampunk Victorian London, in cult webcomic ‘The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage’. Now beautifully redrawn for the iPad, their adventures are accompanied by copious footnotes and hundreds of real-life historical documents and illustrations.

The app includes the FREE "Lovelace: The Origin", a graphical biography of Ada, Countess of Lovelace, daughter of notorious poet Lord Byron, and computer programmer before there *were* any computers. With extensive footnotes, and some very special historical objects included!

The app is part of Ada Lovelace Day 2011 ( – an international day to celebrate the achievements of women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

– Try out ‘The Client’, a full-length adventure featuring Queen Victoria, the Duke of Wellington, the Duke of Wellington's horse, and astounding excerpts from the autobiography of Charles Babbage
– Discover a whole host of historical curiosities, facts and interesting tidbits
– Explore Victorian books, magazines and articles in a beautiful full-screen reader
– Delve into hundreds of Wikipedia articles, stored in the app for superfast offline reading

“Sheer genius… if I was not already married, I would propose to this comic. That's how much I love it.”
– Nick Harkaway, author of ‘The Gone-away World’

“One of the geekiest, funniest, most consistently intelligent and entertaining web comics being written these days.”
– Economist contributor G.F.

“Absolutely great online comic… a real treat.”
– The Times

– Bruce Sterling, author of ‘The Difference Engine’

What's New in Version 1.0.2

- Fixed a bug that would cause the app to crash when attempting to purchase The Client
- Fixed an issue where note links would become inactive
- Corrected some typos within the notes

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Customer Reviews


I already knew I liked Lovelace and Babbage's adventures, so this was a no-brainer download.

But I was hugely surprised and delighted by the presentation. The split-screen notes about the primary sources for this comic are the best reading experience I've had yet on the iPad, both from a content and interface perspective. It's clear some real love and polish went into this app. I even showed my wife this app, as an example of "how it is done".

If you haven't read the adventures of Lovelace and Babbage, you're in for a huge treat. But even if you have, this is a great way to read them. This will have a permanent spot on my iPad.

A really good comic!

Just found your comic through this app- bravo on your success so far.

The writing is fun and complex but never takes its self to serious, makes me laugh at every page. The art and character design has a classy and fresh style. Im not sure if this can be considered victorian steampunk but it is surely done right.

The author has clearly put a lot of time developing the app, when read in landscape the note for each page are really great. I would rather pay the 2 bucks per issues for the notes and iPad compatibility then read offline.

Hope you update regularly.

Free? Not quite

A lovely idea, but be prepared to be nickel and dimed for the next chapter.

I'm deleting my copy.

I'd probably have bought it and loved it if the full price were up front, but I am totally offended by the approach and that I have no idea what the final price will be.

One of the great stories that needs to be told, but not a nickel and a dime at a time.


Lovelace & Babbage
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  • Free
  • Category: Books
  • Updated:
  • Version: 1.0.2
  • Size: 110 MB
  • Language: English
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Rated 12+ for the following:
  • Infrequent/Mild Profanity or Crude Humor
  • Infrequent/Mild Cartoon or Fantasy Violence
  • Infrequent/Mild Alcohol, Tobacco, or Drug Use or References

Compatibility: Requires iOS 4.2 or later. Compatible with iPad.

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Top In-App Purchases

  1. The Client$2.99