An Introduction to Grace Hopper (and the term nanosecond)

st-and.ac.uk:: Quotations contains lots of quotes collected from numerous mathematicians, but they don't have any quotes from Grace Hopper. On BrainyQuote.com, a Grace Hopper quote was found in which she used the term nanosecond.

A nanosecond is one-billionth of a second. One nanosecond is the approximate time it takes for light to travel one-foot.

Exercises
  1. Write one nanosecond (ns) as a fraction.

  2. Write one nanosecond as a decimal number.

  3. Write one nanosecond in scientific notation.

About Grace Hopper

Grace Hopper was a mathematician who became a computing guru. Many consider her the "mother" of computing.

GDT would like to see the MacTutor History of Mathematics in the School of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of St Andrews Scotland to include a section for Grace Hopper in their quotations collection.

History.Navy.mil:: Rear Admiral Grace Hopper

Grace Hopper used the metric prefix nano. Grace was born in 1906 and she died in 1992. Hopper is a member of the GDT::DeadTeam.

Update::2005.12.07

I've been writing computing bits since mid-September of 2001. The creation of this BAB (Basic Arithmetic Bit) resulted in the creation of a corresponding Computing::Bit. An update to the Hopper/nanosecond Computing::Bit prompted me to update this Hopper/nanosecond BAB.

GDT::Computing::Bit:: Nanosecond--Grace Hopper to ASU

Update::2007.04.23

Grace Hopper was quoted saying the following: "Nobody believed that I had a running compiler and nobody would touch it. They told me computers could only do arithmetic."

WikiQuote.org:: Grace Hopper


Creator: Gerald D. Thurman [gthurman@gmail.com]
Created: 16 February 2005

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RoadHacker Nanofoo

To Be Completed.

Searched the Smithsonian in Washington DC for the first computer bug. I was in Washington DC to attend a CPSR (Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility) meeting at Georgetown University. Former student was also looking for the same bug.

I am tentatively planning on attending the next Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing being held in San Diego in 2006.

Going to San Diego will enable me to my previously failed San Diego to Tempe one-way/one-day roadtrip.