“Rope Mothers” and Weaving as Rocket Science

Have you ever heard of “core rope memory”?


Ever since my junior year at The Evergreen State College in 2014-15, I’ve been pretty obsessed with the “software as hardware” idea. For example, weaving as binary code/early computer, and “core rope memory,” a type of computer programming that acted as the read-only memory for Apollo space missions in the 1960’s and 70’s. Margaret Hamilton, dubbed the “Rope Mother” was instrumental in the software development of the six moon voyages between 1969 and 1972.

From https://airandspace.si.edu/ :

“In a male-dominated field, Hamilton became known as the “Rope Mother,” which was an apt description for her role and referred to the unusual way that computer programs were stored on the Apollo Guidance Computers. Like all digital computers, they stored information in binary arithmetic—as sequences of ones and zeros.”

Core rope memory is BEAUTIFUL.

“Women’s work” is ROCKET SCIENCE.

I’m so proud and excited to be an aspiring web developer. So grateful for the women who created the early path.

Part of me can’t believe I’ve begun going down this path but here I am, and I’m ready. What’s gonna happen??

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