Grace Hopper and the Invention of the Information Age (Lemelson Center Studies in Invention and Innovation series)
A Hollywood biopic about the life of computer pioneer Grace Murray Hopper (1906--1992) would go like this: a young professor abandons the ivy-covered walls of academia to serve her country in the Navy after Pearl Harbor and finds herself on the front lines of the computer revolution. She works hard to succeed in the all-male computer industry, is almost brought down by per...more
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Beyer tells us that Grace Hopper was a mathematics professor who left her husband to apply her skills to the war effort, but never tells us if she ever went on a date again. He tells us that she was an alc ...more
I was fully expecting to give this book 4 stars, just because, it's a biography and thus can be challenging at times to push through, but the last chapter won that fifth star.
I went into this book thinking it was entirely about Grace Hopper, but it isn't. At first I was a bit disappointed, but again by the end I was grateful at the thoroughness in which the author decided to cover ...more
The first few chapters of this biography focus more on the evolution of the computing world during the WW II, with a considerable ...more
This is the first book I've finally picked up for my Women in Science History event this month. I'm already excited for next year just so I can do more with this event! Anyway, Grace Hopper was one of the fantastic female scientists in Headstrong who particularly caught my attention, in part because I'm aware of a computing conference named after her, but didn't previously know about her work. It turns out that sin ...more
This biography goes into detail about her career and specific contributions (the development of the first compiler, programming methods, data flow charts, to name just a few things we still use regularly today). At times some of the material was even a bit dry for me, and I'm a geek (a tr ...more
More than that, though, Grace Hopper invented the compiler, a way of communicating with a computer that didn't rely on an intimate understanding of both mathematics, and the machine's hardware to obtain results. I wanted to know how she went about that.
And I found out about those things from this book! The title is a bit misleading, however ...more
There was a lot of effort here, but this book was not about Grace. It was a serviceable intro to the very beginning of the industry. But Grace as a person does not really show up until chapter 6, and does not become a person (as opposed to just a name) until chapter 9.
The last chapter (11) is actually a nice summary of the the things that were unique about Grace. It would ...more
My interest in the book stemmed from looking for role models of women in computer history. I started with Ada Lovelace and books on her were readily available but this Grace Hopper boo ...more
I have to say it wasn't quite what I expected. It occasionally deals with her challenges as a woman, but the bulk of the book is the history of computing. Other than demonstrating that Grace Hopper’s time in the Navy was all-consuming and would have been impossible with a family to care for, I was disappointed that the book was so brief on the ...more
This book is not just Grace Hopper's biography, it tells the story of the invention of the information age and her role in all of this. The title is a little misleading since you would think you'll be getting a 400 page book about Grace Hopper's life, instead you get a v ...more
Not sure, glad other's enjoyed i ...more
The author writes a compelling story of the challenges, struggles, and triumphs of this amazing person, a true pathfinder in an evolving technology and industry.
The author tells us not only about the inventor of compilers and the driving force behind standardized computer languages, but also about the person behind it, with the excitement, fights, and disappointments o ...more
I'd really recommend this book to anyone looking for a female role model, a military role model or to find out about how the computer age began. Really interesting reading.
There's also an interview with the author at www.admiralgracehopper.com.
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