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17510: Remembering Gertrude Blanch

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Once computing was work. Hard work. Paper. Pencil. Nothing more.

Once, thousands of people calculated in mass computing labs. Now, they are generally forgotten.

This November, The National Institute of Standards and Technology has corrected our memory by honoring their chief computer from the 1930s, Gertrude Blanch.   Blanch was the director of the Mathematical Tables Project, a WPA work relief effort that was once the largest computing office in the world.

Our cast adds their appreciation.

Featuring:

  • Zoe Anastassiou as herself
  • Noah Masur as himself

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17115: We Read It So You Don’t Have To – Hidden Figures

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Do you see the talent that you have in your organization.  The movie Hidden Figures brings some welcome attention to the forgotten  human computers who did the calculations for the manned space program.  However, as much as we might like to think that the story of Katherine Goble Johnson and NASA’s West Area Computers was an isolated anomaly, we quickly discover that it is not.  All organizations have hidden, unappreciated workers, as the book When Computers Were Human shows.
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