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(Mother Jones)   In appreciation of Ada Lovelace Day, the Victorian-era mathematical genius, here are eight inventions by women that dudes got credit for   ( divider line
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2013-10-15 06:33:14 PM  
5 votes:
2013-10-15 06:06:05 PM  
4 votes:
Punch cards were invented for looms? No wonder Ada has such terrible string handling.
2013-10-15 05:59:54 PM  
4 votes:
"Margaret Knight, inventor of the paper bag machine"
2013-10-15 05:42:31 PM  
4 votes:
2013-10-15 07:18:38 PM  
3 votes:

skinink: I always liked that the actress Hedy Lamarr was good at acting, very pretty, and held a bunch of patents including frequency hopping. And that she was the cover model for CorelDraw.

2013-10-15 10:32:19 PM  
2 votes:
Lady Sandwich: sammiches
2013-10-15 04:34:57 PM  
2 votes:
2013-10-16 01:13:24 AM  
1 vote:
Opioid receptors aren't an "invention".

Details like that is why broads only earn $0.70 on the dollar.
2013-10-15 08:20:34 PM  
1 vote:

Jim_Callahan: Rosalind Franklin, discovery of the DNA double helix


Not even a little bit.

Science does not work that way, being the lab tech that performs a verification measurement for someone else does not make you the person that "discovered" it, especially since, the way diffractometry of this type works, she wouldn't have been able to work out fark-all without the model on hand in this case.

Would her name be on the paper if it were published today?  Absolutely, third+ author.  But that's only because there's been a really big push since the '80's or so to make sure everyone involved even tangentally gets credit on projects, since back in the day it wasn't unusual for a paper to just be listed as the work of the corresponding author (usually the PI's  adviser) with the person doing the actual work not on there at all.  She was just one of about half a dozen people that'd be credited today that typically wouldn't at the time.

Would she be eligible for the Nobel if the paper was published today?  Nope.  Third authors don't generally get a slice of that one.

There apparently  were some interpersonal issues that had Crick, especially, specifically keeping her out of the references, he actually wrote about them in his autobiography.  But it was the usual academic politics, not anything terribly special, and it'd be nice if we stopped pretending this was some sort of monstrous injustice because she was a woman... that's bullshiat, and everyone familiar with the actual field knows it's bullshiat.

//Bit of a pet peeve on this one.

Eh. I honestly consider it a thing of the times; people are all up in arms to show how progressive they are, and how mad they are about 'womens rights' because the government is being run by a bunch of farking cavemen following retarded semi-sharia law and basically just going 'BUT JEBUS SAID' and then spewing whatever hate-propaganda will get them re-elected.

And those are the liberals.
2013-10-15 08:02:49 PM  
1 vote:
As someone who is re-learning calculus and statistics after countless decades of mental cobwebs forming in his brain, can I just say that I hate hate hate mathematical geniuses.

hate hate hate
2013-10-15 07:36:11 PM  
1 vote:

jaytkay: 'Martha Coston, signal flares: Coston was officially listed as "administratix" on the 1961 patent that revolutionized communication between US Navy vessels.'

1961 sounds kinda late for a signal flare patent.

Hold on, Wikipedia says on April 5, 1859, she was granted U.S. Patent number 23,536 for a pyrotechnic night signal and code system.

Perhaps women can't proofread?

/I keed. Most copyeditors are women.
2013-10-15 06:51:01 PM  
1 vote:

Stone Meadow: Article fails for not mentioning which woman invented the grilled cheese sammich.

2013-10-15 05:59:28 PM  
1 vote:
Article fails for not mentioning which woman invented the grilled cheese sammich.
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