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does "hidden figures" have any equations?
02-10-2017, 11:10 PM
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does "hidden figures" have any equations?
I just bought "hidden figures", a book about some mathematicians at NASA.
I gather there is also a movie.

On getting it home and having a very quick skim through the book, I was surprised and disappointed that I didnt see any formulae, just lots of text.

Though to be fair to the book, there was an extensive bibliography and notes, so perhaps its just an index to other books containing some maths.

I guess the historical story will be interesting and worth the £2, but my initial impression is one of disappointment in the book, on a par with buying a book about Neil Armstrong and finding that it didn't mention what kind of vehicle he used to travel in.

Did I miss a page of formulae out?
Or am I just being too harsh because I was hoping to find a few formulae to type into the HP Prime? Smile

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02-11-2017, 12:23 AM
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RE: does "hidden figures" have any equations?
The movie has a lot of equations on the blackboard and some discussion of going from elliptical to parabolic.

Also a mention of "Euler's Method", which would have more likely been called Runge Kutta at the time.

It also shows a FORTRAN text. I could not tell whether it was by McCracken, though. 8^)

Great Movie.
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02-11-2017, 05:38 AM
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(02-11-2017 12:23 AM)KeithB Wrote:  It also shows a FORTRAN text. I could not tell whether it was by McCracken, though. 8^)

I think that FORTRAN text, titled "Understanding FORTRAN," might have just been a prop for the movie, and not a real book. I did some searching on Amazon for FORTRAN books published around the late 50's and early 60's and didn't find anything. I did find (and buy) a book titled "Understanding FORTRAN" published in 1968, but it has a totally different cover than the book in the movie, that's why I think the book shown in the movie was a prop.

I agree, great movie.
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02-11-2017, 08:28 AM (This post was last modified: 02-12-2017 02:59 AM by Paul Dale.)
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RE: does "hidden figures" have any equations?
Hmmm, folks need to relearn the history of computing and appreciate the genius of:

ttp://members.iinet.net.au/~neonsignal/jokes/rambo.html


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02-11-2017, 01:36 PM
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(02-11-2017 08:28 AM)Paul Dale Wrote:  Hmmm, folks need to relearn the history of computing and appreciate the genius of:

http://members.iinet.net.au/~neonsignal/jokes/rambo.html


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02-11-2017, 02:41 PM (This post was last modified: 02-11-2017 02:42 PM by StephenG1CMZ.)
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RE: does "hidden figures" have any equations?
(02-11-2017 01:36 PM)rprosperi Wrote:  
(02-11-2017 08:28 AM)Paul Dale Wrote:  Hmmm, folks need to relearn the history of computing and appreciate the genius of:

http://members.iinet.net.au/~neonsignal/jokes/rambo.html


Pauli

Bad link, at least here in NY.

You need to change the the h blue t t P to http.

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02-12-2017, 02:51 AM
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(02-11-2017 02:41 PM)StephenG1CMZ Wrote:  You need to change the the h blue t t P to http.

Ahh... yes I see it clearly (now that you've pointed it out). The leading h was not included in the embedded url. I never looked at the very first character of the link.

You trying to keep us honest Pauli?

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