Instructions Not Included: How a Team of Women Coded the Future
Illustrator: Chelsea Beck
Click. Whir. Buzz.
Not so long ago, math problems had to be solved with pencil and paper, mail delivered by postman, and files were stored in paper folders and metal cabinets. But three women, Betty Snyder, Jean Jennings, and Kay McNulty knew there could be a better way. During World War II, people hoped ENIAC (Electronic Numerical Integrator and Computer), one of the earliest computers, could help with the war effort. With little guidance, no instructions, and barely any access to the machine itself, Betty, Jean, and Kay used mathematics, electrical engineering, logic, and common sense to command a computer as large as a room and create the modern world.
The machine was like Betty, requiring outside-the-box thinking, like Jean, persistent and consistent, and like Kay, no mistakes, every answer perfect. Today computers are all around us, performing every conceivable task, thanks, in large part, to Betty, Jean, and Kay’s pioneering work. Instructions Not Included is their story.
Authors’ note, with photographs. Resources. Full-color illustrations.
JLG Release: Mar 2020
Awards & Honors
NSTA Best STEM Books - 2020
Praise & Reviews
Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:
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8 1/2" x 10 1/4"
Level 4.6; Points: 0.5;
Scholastic Reading CountsN/A
Potentially Sensitive Areas
Jean Bartik (1924–2011), Kay Mauchly–Antonelli (1921–2006), Frances Elizabeth Holberton (1917–2001), US women computer scientists, Biography, ENIAC (Electronic Numerical Integrator and Computer),