brain sizes: Einstein's and women's
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Tue Jul 16 10:33:41 EST 2002
"John Knight" <johnknight at usa.com> wrote in message
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> > [...]
> > > > If Grace Murray Hopper really did invent the compiler, then
> > her impact has
> > > > been far beyond that of Marie Curie, and most Nobel Laureates
> > in general.
> > > > http://www.sdsc.edu/ScienceWomen/hopper.html
> > > >
> > >
> > > She did. She also was the first to "debug" a computer:).
> > >
> > > T9W
> > http://www.byte.com/art/9404/sec15/art1.htm
> > "Hopper and her colleagues must have thought the discovery of the
> > moth remarkable because mechanical defects were already called
> > bugs. Her September 9, 1945, log entry, which reads, "First
> > actual case of bug being found," makes this quite clear. Even the
> > verb debug must have predated Mark II, since the OED cites a 1945
> > use in the Journal of the Royal Aeronautical Society, which was
> > probably preceded by sev eral years of oral use in engineering
> > slang.
> > The argument is clinched by remarks made by J. Presper Eckert,
> > the coinventor of ENIAC, the first fully electronic digital
> > computer. In an interview in Computerworld (George Harrar, "In
> > the Beginning...," November 3, 1986), Eckert was asked, "Do you
> > know how the term bug originated?" He replied, "I know how Grace
> > Hopper thinks it originated. She tells this fanciful story. As
> > far as I know, this was a term in use by engineers, both
> > mechanical and electrical, for difficulties in the equipment long
> > before Grace Hopper ever heard of any of these things. What it
> > amounts to is that it was a new term to Grace. I've never called
> > her up and told her that that's nuts, but it is nuts. That term
> > was in wide use before then."
> This little feminazi fairy tale about Hopper is a great example of how
> feminazi hysteria spreads so fast.
> Every tale they tell about Hopper is larger than the one before. In
> searching the net, there are all kinds of ridiculous claims about
> Hopper--she "invented" the Mark I computer, she "invented" Cobol, she
> the phrase "computer bug", she "invented" compilers.
> What this shows us is that the very BEST woman "inventor" they could come
> was a fraud.
> What does that say about the rest?
Even if you were correct here (which you are not, as has been demonstrated
in other messages), this doesn't say anything about the rest. To believe
that it does is a logical fallacy.
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