September 15, 2016
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Margot Lee Shetterly’s Hidden Figures recovers the lost history of the young African American women who did the heavy computational work of the Apollo missions, given the job title of “computer” — her compelling book has been made into a new motion picture.
One such woman was Katherine G. Johnson. At 98, she still lives in Hampton, and has emerged as …
September 6, 2016
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I’ve been writing about the work of Cathy “Mathbabe” O’Neil for years: she’s a radical data-scientist with a Harvard PhD in mathematics, who coined the term “Weapons of Math Destruction” to describe the ways that sloppy statistical modeling is punishing millions of people every day, and in more and more cases, destroying lives. Today, O’Neil brings her argument to print, with a fantastic, plainspoken, call …