brain sizes: Einstein's and women's

Cary Kittrell cary at
Mon Jul 15 19:53:38 EST 2002

In article  <nEFY8.63600$P%6.4263187 at> "John Knight" <johnknight at> writes:
<"Angilion" <angilion at> wrote in message
<news:3d331c6c.12993472 at
<> It appears that she did invent the compiler, but there does seem to be
<> some uncertainty.  There is a tendency to exaggerate the achievements
<> of any woman who becomes famous in a field, and the exaggerations
<> become assumed as fact without the checking that would usually
<> occur.  For example, I have often read that Grace Hopper invented
<> COBOL, which is not true.
<> "In 1949 Hopper joined the Eckert-Mauchly Computer Corporation as a Senior
<> Mathematician and there she worked with John Eckert and John Mauchly on
<> the UNIVAC computer. She designed an improved compiler while working for
<> the company and was part of the team which developed Flow-Matic, the first
<> English-language data-processing compiler."
<If feminazis didn't always dredge up Marie Curie from a century ago as an
<example of female intelligence, then this story about Hopper "inventing"
<[read: IMPROVING, in the English language, as noted above] MAY be credible.
<But when they keep insisting that the wife of the recipient of half a Nobel
<Prize was the *inventor* of x-rays, all such stories must be taken with a
<grain of salt.

Say WHAT?  Who ever claimed Curie was "the *inventor* of x-rays"?

Next time that foot starts looking delectable, stop, take a deep
breath, and just think.

-- cary

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