An unusual post today. Instead of me being my usual pedantic self on some strange use of statistics, I’m posting a tribute to Ada Lovelace and women in science, penned by my friend, science enthusiast and accordion player extraoirdinaire, Laura Howes. In addition to the folks that Laura mentions, I’d like to add my own dedication: to my mother, computer programmer and physicist at Cambridge from the days when programs were written on punched tape, and bugs had to be cut out and bug-fixes respliced back in using scissors and glue. And also because I missed Mother’s Day earlier this month (oops).
Anyway, Laura, it’s over to you.
It’s Ada Lovelace day, and the blogosphere is going nuts for female scientists. Everyone’s picking their favourite, and there are some great suggestions getting pledged. Ada Lovelace is a great example of a woman making great contributions for science before women were really accepted in that sphere. Maybe it’s sad that we’re still struggling with that hangover today.