Winter fun!

Ok, so it is getting a bit hard to deny that winter has arrived in New England.  But with winter chill has come a whole new round of fun events. Here is a run down of what’s been happening.

On Friday (December 5, 2014) Walter Isaacson gave a talk for the Harvard Square Bookstore about his new book The Innovators (event site). If you haven’t heard about this wonderful follow-up to his biography about Steve Jobs, here’s an article in the New York Times Heralds of the Digital Tomorrow: Walter Isaacson’s ‘The Innovators’ Studies Computer Wizards.

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Walter Isaacson spoke for Harvard Bookstore

Some of us from the New Computer Museum Meetup were happy to be among the audience.

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Bob Erickson (right) and Dwight Bell (left)

Then the next day (Saturday, December 6, 2014) Walter Isaacson was next door at his alma mater to speak more specifically about computing pioneer Grace Hopper and the history of the Mark I (still on exhibit in the Harvard Science Center). In case you missed it, here is an earlier blog post and YouTube video about the day they even fired it up!

Here is an earlier story related about Walter Isaacson’s book published in the Harvard Gazette: Ghosts in the machines (Christina Pazzanese, Harvard Gazette)

Here is a more recent story related to the Walter Isaacson event on Saturday afternoon that was published before it occurred: Grace Hopper, computing pioneer (Walter Isaacson, Harvard Gazette)

Here is another story published about the event afterwards: She made her mark (Christina Pazzanese, Harvard Gazette)

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Walter Isaacson speaks about Grace Hopper at Harvard


Walter Isaacson also introduced a fantastic panel about women in computing that was moderated by Harvard Professor Margo Seltzer and included some extremely inspiring young women involved in CS at Harvard.

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Margo Seltzer moderates inspiring panel on women in CS

Bob Erickson joined me at this too. Here is a photo he took of me chatting with the speakers.

Bob Erickson Photo

Bob Erickson’s photo of Mary with Isaacson, Seltzer and other members of the audience. Thanks Bob!

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