Grace Hopper and the Invention of the Information Age by Kurt W. Beyer

By Kurt W. Beyer

A Hollywood biopic concerning the lifetime of machine pioneer Grace Murray Hopper (1906--1992) might cross like this: a tender professor abandons the ivy-covered partitions of academia to serve her nation within the army after Pearl Harbor and reveals herself at the entrance strains of the pc revolution. She works demanding to achieve the all-male laptop undefined, is nearly introduced down by way of own difficulties yet survives them, and ends her occupation as a celebrated elder stateswoman of computing, a heroine to hundreds of thousands, hailed because the inventor of laptop programming. all through Hopper's later years, the preferred media instructed this simplified model of her existence tale.

In Grace Hopper and the discovery of the knowledge Age, Kurt Beyer unearths a extra actual Hopper, a colourful and complicated girl whose occupation paralleled the meteoric trajectory of the postwar laptop undefined. either rebellious and collaborative, Hopper was once influential in male-dominated army and enterprise enterprises at a time whilst ladies have been inspired to commit themselves to housekeeping and childbearing. Hopper's maximum technical fulfillment used to be to create the instruments that might let people to speak with pcs in phrases except ones and zeroes. This boost stimulated all destiny programming and software program layout and laid the root for the improvement of straightforward own pcs.

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