"As I mused, the fire burned"

Reflection on life as a person of faith.

Grace Hopper’s Birthday

I do appreciate Google’s reminders of important dates, today is Grace Hopper’s birthday (were she still alive).

Reading her history, she was an amazing woman.

My encounter with her came at Royal Roads Military College in 1984 (I was there for a spa weekend), when she came to talk to us about her life in computers. She handed out short segments of wire that she told us was the only way she could conceive of a nanosecond – by the piece or wire equal to the length that an electrical signal would travel in a nanosecond.

It reminded me that science that can’t be practically explained to anyone is weakened – Richard Feynman’s work in physics, but also his stark demonstration of the effects of cold on space shuttle solid rocket booster O-rings.

Happy birthday, Grace.

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Written by sameo416

December 9, 2013 at 10:21 am

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