"Only the most shortsighted [at Langley in 1950], failed to recognize that electronic computers were around for the long haul." #readingTodayOnly the most shortsighted, however, failed to recognize that electronic computers were around for the long haul. Electronic data processing machines brought otherwise unattainable power and efficiency to the research process. There was no reason to think that they wouldn't continue to poach more tasks that were currently completed by hand. Evolution occurred in scientific progress as it happened in nature: a positive trait was passed along, then proliferated; obsolete characteristics withered away, and the technology and the organization evolved into something new.
"Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race" by Margot Lee Shetterly
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