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Proving ground : the untold story of the six women who programmed the world's first modern computer / Kathy Kleiman.

Kleiman, Kathy, (author.).

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Fertile Public Library 920 KLE (Text) 33500013634050 New Checked out 08/18/2022

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781538718285
  • ISBN: 1538718286
  • Physical Description: xix, 296 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Grand Central Publishing/Hachette Book Group, 2022.

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Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Summary, etc.:
"After the end of World War II, top-secret research continued across the United States as engineers and programmers rushed to complete their confidential assignments. Among them were six pioneering women, tasked with figuring out how to program the world's first general-purpose, programmable, all-electronic computer - a machine built to calculate a single ballistic trajectory in twenty seconds rather than forty hours by human hand - even though there were no instruction codes or programming languages in existence. But their story, never told to the reporters and scientists who thronged the huge computer after it became public, was lost. Kathy Kleiman, through meticulous research and vivid prose, brings these women back to life, and back into the historical record. For more than two decades, she met with four of the original six ENIAC Programmers, poured over documentation and images, and recorded extensive oral histories with the women about their work. She found stories that had been relegated and dismissed by even computer history experts, who had assumed the women in the old black-and-white pictures with ENIAC were nothing more than models. PROVING GROUND is a character-driven narrative that restores these women to their rightful place as technological revolutionaries. As the tech world continues to struggle with gender imbalance and its far-reaching consequences, the story of the ENIAC Programmers' groundbreaking work is more urgently necessary than ever before, and PROVING GROUND is the celebration they deserve"-- Provided by publisher.
Reviews

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2022 June #1
    In the history of computer programming, stories of women's contributions are frequently untold. Kleiman spotlights one such gap in programming history here. During and after WWII, six women—Kathleen McNulty, Frances Bilas, Frances Elizabeth Snyder, Marlyn Wescoff, Ruth Lichterman, and Betty Jean Jennings—used mathematical skill and innovation to program early computing technology. They faced sexism in their jobs and were made to learn new pieces of technology via blueprints before being allowed to interact with the equipment itself. Kleiman excels at capturing the pressures of working in technology during a highly stressful period in history, particularly when the results of technological trials directly impacted war efforts. At times, the focus of the narrative strays from the women, to a slight detriment of the book's intention. However, the inclusion of direct interviews with the women and the clear passion for their stories make Proving Ground a needed and welcome addition to the shelves of computer history. Copyright 2022 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

Kathy Kleiman is a leader in Internet law and policy and currently teaches at American University Washington College of Law. Her passion for finding the truth behind these female programmers led to her founding the ENIAC Programmers Project, which completed a documentary on the subject of this book titled "The Computers: The Remarkable Story of the ENIAC Programmers." The film premiered at the Seattle International Film Festival in 2014 and won the UNAFF Grand Jury Award For Best Short Documentary at the United Nations Association Film Festival in 2016.  
 

Kathy Kleiman is a leader in Internet law and policy and currently teaches at American University Washington College of Law. Her passion for finding the truth behind these female programmers led to her founding the ENIAC Programmers Project, which completed a documentary on the subject of this book titled "The Computers: The Remarkable Story of the ENIAC Programmers." The film premiered at the Seattle International Film Festival in 2014 and won the UNAFF Grand Jury Award For Best Short Documentary at the United Nations Association Film Festival in 2016.  
 

Subject: Women computer programmers > United States > Biography.
Computer programmers > United States > Biography.
ENIAC (Computer)
Computer programmers.
ENIAC (Computer)
Women computer programmers.
United States.
Genre: Biographies.
Biographies.
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