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Women Who Launched the Computer Age (Ready-To-Read: Level 3)

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    Available in PDF - DJVU Format | Women Who Launched the Computer Age (Ready-To-Read: Level 3).pdf | Language: ENGLISH
    Laurie Calkhoven(Author) Alyssa Petersen(Illustrator)

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This book was chosen by the Children's Book Council as a best STEM book of 2017!

Meet the women who programmed the first all-electronic computer and built the technological language kids today can't live without in this fascinating, nonfiction Level 3 Ready-to-Read, part of a new series of biographies about people "you should meet!"

In 1946, six brilliant young women programmed the first all-electronic, programmable computer, the ENIAC, part of a secret World War II project. They learned to program without any programming languages or tools, and by the time they were finished, the ENIAC could run a complicated calculus equation in seconds. But when the ENIAC was presented to the press and public, the women were never introduced or given credit for their work. Learn all about what they did and how their invention still matters today in this story of six amazing young women everyone should meet!

A special section at the back of the book includes extras on subjects like history and math, plus interesting trivia facts about how computers have changed over time. With the You Should Meet series, learning about historical figures has never been so much fun!

Laurie Calkhoven is the author of many books, including George Washington: An American Life and Harriet Tubman: Leading the Way to Freedom. She lives in New York City. Visit her at --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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  • By Guest on 18 March 2017

    Not entirely the best way to educate anyone (not just girls).about the role of women of the time, nor ENIAC.The map of 'axis and allies' on page 8 shows Romania and Bulgaria as separate countries. Austria and Hungary on the same map are shown as one, a state of affairs which ceased to exist following the First World War..The remainder of the maps dodges the difficult issues.Also from page 10ff it could be inferred that 'Computers' were entirely male before the war. This is not true. The few groups of computers in university astronomy departments or insurance (actuarial) were following the general office pattern of low income, low status - and hence women figured strongly.. Page 153 of When Computers Were Humaneven shows the ww 1 US Army group of computers, some of them women.The book states that the job of being a computer was interesting. Well, it could be. If you were part of the team which prepared the calculations. The drudgery of calculating by hand, hour after hour, on paper sheets decidedly wasn't.The women stated that much themselves.What they did say, was that the ENIAC provided promotion and new freedoms. In this, the book has caught the transformation well, as it describes how the creators of ENIAC totally missed the complexities of programming. And so left the field open to the Computers in the group.Iinteresting might be the story told by the women themselves:Pioneer Programmer: Jean Jennings Bartik & the Computer That Changed the World or Top Secret Rosies: The Female Computers of Wwii [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]Also a great read, if not for children, is Eniac in Action: Making and Remaking the Modern Computer (History of Computing) .The book is impressive for catching the wave of 'The Eniac Women' , 'The Imitation Game' and 'Hidden figures'. In my opinion it fails to provide sufficient incentive to interest young people in the fields of programming or math.

  • By Guest on 30 December 2016

    Great for girls who like computing.

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