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October 7th, 2011


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08:48 am - Ada Day
It's Ada Lovelace Day! A day to celebrate female scientific and mathematical genius. happytune - thought you'd be interested.

My personal favourites are Lisa Meitner who discovered atomic fission, and Lynn Margulis who discovered the symbiotic origin of eukaryotes. In both cases their ideas now permeate the disciplines where they struggled to find recognition. Both women had some good ideas and some less-good ones (and the same is true for Ada Lovelace I believe). I think part of acknowledging and celebrating women scientists is not to hold them to an impossible standard of perfection, but to place them within the evolving culture of ideas, just like men.

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From:steepholm
Date:October 7th, 2011 08:52 am (UTC)
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11 binary cheers for Ada Lovelace!
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From:communicator
Date:October 7th, 2011 12:29 pm (UTC)
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It's what she would have wanted
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From:tehomet
Date:October 10th, 2011 11:15 pm (UTC)
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:D
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From:iainjcoleman
Date:October 7th, 2011 09:35 am (UTC)
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Fine choices. I would go with Emmy Noether, who gave us Noether's Theorem. This shows the fundamental relationship between symmetry and conservation laws, and is one of the most profound and beautiful discoveries about the structure of the Universe ever made by anyone.
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From:communicator
Date:October 7th, 2011 12:23 pm (UTC)
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Thank you for that pointer, something I would like to know more about
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From:altariel
Date:October 7th, 2011 11:43 am (UTC)
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Great day for three women to win the Nobel Peace Prize too.
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From:communicator
Date:October 7th, 2011 12:23 pm (UTC)
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Oh yes, I have been out all morning and only just noticed that
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From:happytune
Date:October 7th, 2011 08:25 pm (UTC)
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Thanks for the heads up! :-) We've just finished reading an edited (badly edited) version of her letters. She was bonkers, but brilliant.

"... the Analytical Engine weaves algebraical patterns just as the Jacquard loom weaves flowers and leaves."
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From:communicator
Date:October 7th, 2011 08:49 pm (UTC)
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Mad as her dad
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From:happytune
Date:October 8th, 2011 09:19 am (UTC)
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And her mum...
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From:communicator
Date:October 8th, 2011 09:22 am (UTC)
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I don't really know anything about those people, except Byron. My mum bought me a biography of his half-sister, Augusta Leigh, which I haven't read.
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From:happytune
Date:October 8th, 2011 09:39 am (UTC)
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Have a read of Ada's letters...very illuminating.
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From:altariel
Date:October 9th, 2011 05:20 pm (UTC)
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From:happytune
Date:October 10th, 2011 10:00 am (UTC)
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Fantastic!
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From:tehomet
Date:October 10th, 2011 11:27 pm (UTC)
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A little OT but I would like to mention Margaret E. Knight. She was an inventor in the 1800s. Initially she was inspired by witnessing a workplace accident; her first invention was a device to prevent the accident re-occurring. She was one of the earliest women to take out a patent (including successfully mounting a legal challenge when someone nicked one of her ideas and patented it first), and took out scores of patents herself. She said, "I'm not surprised at what I've done." \o/
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From:communicator
Date:October 11th, 2011 07:16 am (UTC)
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Thanks for that - I hadn't heard of her. She sounds quite a determined character, to say the least.

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