Talk:Grace Hopper

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Sciences humaines.svg This article is or was the subject of a Wiki Education Foundation-supported course assignment. Further details are available on the course page. Student editor(s): AnitaConchita.

Above undated message substituted from assignment by PrimeBOT (talk) 22:35, 16 January 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Debug the intro[edit]

I would like to remove the following sentence from the Intro: "She also popularized use of the term bug (already established in other technical contexts) in reference to computer software or hardware design failures." The term "bug" was in use long before Admiral Hopper wrote it in her log book, in what appears to be a joke about a hardware bug that was caused by an actual insect. I'm not aware of any evidence that the log book entry was widely circulated at the time or that it "popularized" the term. The story is more accurately described in the body of the text. The Admiral was a great pioneer in electronic computing, there is no need to perpetuate a myth about her in the intro.--agr (talk) 03:20, 16 February 2017 (UTC)Reply[reply]

@ArnoldReinhold: Whether or not the myth is correct, that line is not the kind of detail that needs to be in the lede. I see no reason not to delete it. Shortsword (talk) 04:03, 16 February 2017 (UTC)Reply[reply]

The current intro provides an assertion about linkers for which there is no supporting citation. The Wikipedia article that is linked for the term provides no historical information about linkers whatsoever. My concern is that this is a misunderstanding of work by others also at Remington Rand Univac at the time. Orcmid (talk) 23:00, 9 December 2019 (UTC) Dennis E. HamiltonReply[reply]


This article completely avoids mentioning her cigarette smoking. Was that an intention omission? Thanks Phedrence (talk) 17:48, 27 August 2018 (UTC)Reply[reply]

According to the Nicotine page When a cigarette is smoked, nicotine-rich blood passes from the lungs to the brain within seven seconds and immediately stimulates nicotinic acetylcholine receptors;[27] this indirectly promotes the release of many chemical messengers such as acetylcholine, norepinephrine, epinephrine, arginine vasopressin, serotonin, dopamine, and beta-endorphin in parts of the brain. There is the potential for it to have enhanced her capabilities.

Phedrence (talk) 10:56, 28 August 2018 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Considering the prevalence of smoking in the time period of Hopper's career, this strikes me as unremarkable. That she may not have ever ceased smoking is probably irrelevant. Orcmid (talk) 23:03, 9 December 2019 (UTC) Dennis E. HamiltonReply[reply]

I'm inclined to agree here. This is in no way notable in the context of her accomplishments Naimabouteldja (talk) 22:44, 1 March 2020 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Should "weight to height ratio" be wikified to Body mass index?[edit]

Apokrif (talk) 22:26, 4 March 2019 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Per our article "BMI is defined as the body mass divided by the square of the body height", so I would say no, not without a ref;iable source that says BMI is what the Navy was using at the time. Even then, it may be too incidental to the article.--agr (talk) 23:27, 4 March 2019 (UTC)Reply[reply]

New transatlantic cable[edit]

In July 2020 Google announced it was naming its new transatlantic cable after Hopper in recognition of her contributions to COBOL. This is a major honour and v significant for IT/Comms industries. Google's other cables are named after major historical figures. I have submitted an article on this, but I don't want to mess with your structure on this article so can you please add to the appropriate place. Ah I have found mention in a bullet point, so it should be easy to link this to the new article on the cable.See Grace Hopper (submarine communications cable) SandrinaHatman (talk) 21:26, 9 December 2020 (UTC)Reply[reply]