Particular Passions

Particular Passions: Talks with Women who Shaped our Times


Grace Murray HopperLynn GilbertComment

Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic. - Arthur C. Clarke

At a moment when the internet is becoming so enormously lucrative, it's humbling to look back and think about all the many many people who contributed to our ability to see new worlds from the palms of our hands today.

"Anybody who’s been bitten by the computer bug and had the fun of making . . . things do things in the fraction of the time and make them do all sorts of things you never had any chance to do, why . . . you want to keep on doing it.

I have insatiable curiosity. It’s solving problems. Every time you solve a problem, another one shows up immediately behind it. That’s the challenge . . . it’s always new and different.

Wouldn’t it be dull to do things that ended? I’m having a heck of a good time and contributing a little bit here and there to solving problems." from Particular Passions: Talks with Women Who Have Shaped our Times.

Read the chapter on Grace Murray Hopper, and learn about the surprising way how and why she created cobol, and transformed mathematical symbols into words, helping to usher in the Era of Technology and where the "world" can and does text....all the time. 

Go to Apple or Amazon and download a chapter.  It's just $0.99. It's a great deal.