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Skepchick Quickies 10.18

Amanda

Amanda is a science grad student in Boston whose favorite pastimes are having friendly debates and running amok.

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  1. Re: History’s under-appreciated women inventors
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    WHUUUUT?
    According to recent accounts everything that has ever been invented sprang from the genius minds of Thomas Edison or Steve Jobs or, according the Cracked.com, was stolen from Nikola Tesla.
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    I think we need some fact checking; imagine, women inventing things, what will they think of next.
    /snark

        1. Rosalind Franklin discovered the double helix structure of DNA, or would have in a matter of days or weeks, if Watson and Crick hadn’t stolen her X-rays of the crystalline DNA she had prepared. (Franklin was very systematic and methodical and was analyzing her other, earlier X-rays first, but she would have gotten to these if W&C hadn’t scooped her. Also, she shares my birthday, which is totally awesome all by itself.

          Siveambrai, I think the article was concentrating on inventions rather than scientific discoveries, which does exclude Franklin and the Harvard Computers (a job title, not a machine), but Grace Hopper, inventor of the first high-level computer language (and compiler) should definitely be included.

          Franklin was one of the best X-ray crystallographers of the time, but I don’t know if she invented her own techniques or used prior art. If she did, then she should probably be included as an important inventor on that basis. Same with the women who applied numerical techniques to variable stars, spectroscopy, stellar classification and so forth.

          (Disclaimer: In addition to sharing Franklin’s birthday, I once met Adm Hopper and I studied at the HCO, so I’m a partisan of all these women.)

  2. The ‘Gucci Girls’ article was a bit of a challenge for me. From the short article I have questions like: Is this segregation of the sexes? Why an all woman work team? Are these women separating themselves from the pack to distinguish themselves?

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