Right in the middle of Beyer’s chapter on Howard Aiken, there is this amazing comparison between what Grace Hopper wrote about Aiken’s role regarding the invention of his baby Mark I & what was published by IBM at the same time. IBM, even at the close of WWII set a tone with its propaganda where the company, rather than individuals are responsible for technological innovation. Will I get in trouble if I compare IBM to The Borge?
This chapter also discusses the parallels between the Aiken/Hopper relationship and the Babbage/Lovelace relationship. Can you imagine, I had no idea there were all these women involved before I started this project?! Shame!
Which reminds me, I owe Rosemarie Reed a letter of support for her PBS documentary about Ada Lovelace. You should write one too.
Oh, and David Allen was here yesterday from Palo Alto. We caught a beer after my class. I still look up to him like a 13 year old kid looks up to an 18 year old boy… blink, blink… smile.