During high-school I had short-term love crushes in trigonometry, calculus, then organic chemistry and even for a few weeks in physics, when we read about waves + optics…
When I started to study Computer Engineering and Science, only my love for math endured and the other ones faded away; we sadly had to split due to time constraints… A few months ago, I even found a letter that I wrote to myself in high-school (weird – I know), in which I was questioning “Numbers are incredible; they are in everything you do, it’s like magic – don’t they see?” Looking back, it sounds super-strange, however I cannot deny, that I am guilty of making cosine (my heroine) fight against sine (the uber-villain), while working my way through trigonometric functions. I had accomplices, yet I won’t give them away – they know, who they are.
I cannot recall a particular event or person, who had some kind of scientific influence on me. Scientific stuff was always super-cool. Probably the first historical female role model, when it comes to numbers and Computer Science, I found out about was Ada Lovelace. In 1998, I was an IAESTE trainee at FGAN and I did some programming with Ada95. I must have been so smitten by it, that I even commented on the tutorial web page, with my then not so good English and when the interwebs were still Web 0.1!
In terms of “time” 1998 seems to be a pretty distant number. So dear Ada, for my long-time love of math, I have started to celebrate the 2. annual Ada Lovelace Day by thinking about all my female science heroines and geeky girlfriends today. Mostly, I read, talk, tweet (Ada, you may not know – that’s something new!) about and try out tech-stuff. No experiments in the lab; I do all the magic on my laptop…
At first I thought I should pay tribute to my other short-term science crushes, turn from math to chemistry + physics and write about the fascinating Marie Curie in my Ada Lovelace Day post. Then I had a much better idea. I am going to write about my future tech heroine, who is intelligent, brave and hopeful:
She knows she is capable of anything; let me repeat myself, anything – today. She is not afraid to ask, to try, to make mistakes and then try again. She can become whatever she wants to become. She embraces her differences as strengths. She can juggle with numbers, until you get dizzy. She can enjoy debugging and have a gold badge on stackoverflow. She can be a crazy gamer, as well as the always busy game developer. She can be the famous tech blogger and speaker, followed non-stop by the developer crowd. She can be super-chic or casual; she will know that her knowledge outshines her style and beauty. She can be a tech-conference rock-star, code fast without code snippets and hypnotize the audience. She can work on the world’s fastest microprocessor production. She can do breakthrough research in bioinformatics. She can start the next WEB. She may even come up with the first working time machine (hey – save me a ride!). She can have a career and a family plus feel safe about it. She can have numerous girl classmates while doing her PhD and she does not have to ask “Why so few?” any longer.
She can win the Nobel Prize.
She can change the world.
She can do all this and much more; today.
Happy ADA LOVELACE DAY.