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Top secret Rosies : the female computers of World War II

Author: LeAnn EricksonCynthia BaughmanDoris Blumberg PolskyJean BartikJoe ChaplineAll authors
Publisher: [Arlington, VA] : PBS Distribution, [2010] ©2010
Series: WGBY DVD Collection
Edition/Format:   DVD video : NTSC color broadcast system : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In 1942, a secret U.S. military program was launched to recruit women to the war effort. But unlike the efforts to recruit Rosie the Riveter to the factory, this clandestine search targeted female mathematicians who would become human 'computers' for the U.S. Army. From the bombing of Axis Europe to the assaults on Japanese strongholds, women worked around-the-clock six days a week, creating ballistics tables that  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Documentary films
Feature films
History
Nonfiction films
Personal narratives
Video recordings for the hearing impaired
Documentary television programs
Biographical television programs
Nonfiction television programs
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Material Type: Videorecording
Document Type: Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: LeAnn Erickson; Cynthia Baughman; Doris Blumberg Polsky; Jean Bartik; Joe Chapline; Marlyn Wescoff Meltzer; Shirley Blumberg Melvin; James "Doug" Mickle; Edward Sage; Kevin Hachenberg; Kenneth Erickson; Sara Erickson; Patrick de Caumette; Sandy Kyrish; Joan Bressler; Nicole Shiner; Greater Philadelphia Film Office,; IEEE Foundation,; Research Temple University. Office of the Senior Vice Provost,; PBS Distribution (Firm),
ISBN: 9781608833320 1608833321
OCLC Number: 693373098
Language Note: English with optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing.
Notes: Originally produced as a documentary in 2010; copyright held by LeAnn Erickson.
Bonus feature: Meet the documentary subjects in the film's trailer.
Credits: Co-producers, Kenneth Erickson, Sara Erickson, Sandy Kyrish ; videographers, Kevin Hachenberg ... [et al.] ; editor, LeAnn Erickson ; score, Patrick de Caumette.
Performer(s): Documentary subjects: Jean Jennings Bartik, Joe Chapline, Marlyn Wescoff Meltzer, Shirley Blumberg Melvin, James 'Doug' Mickle, Doris Blumberg Polsky, Edward Sage ; Narrator: LeAnn Erickson.
Target Audience: MPAA rating: Not rated.
Description: 1 videodisc (approximately 60 min.) : sound, color and black and white; 4 3/4 in.
Details: DVD, widescreen presentation, NTSC, region 1.
Contents: Prologue ; 1936 ; The sky was full of us ; There is a place for everything ; Computer ; Conclusion ; Epilogue ; End credits.
Series Title: WGBY DVD Collection
Responsibility: producer/director, LeAnn Erickson ; writer, Cynthia Baughman.

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"In 1942, a secret U.S. military program was launched to recruit women to the war effort. But unlike the efforts to recruit Rosie the Riveter to the factory, this clandestine search targeted female mathematicians who would become human 'computers' for the U.S. Army. From the bombing of Axis Europe to the assaults on Japanese strongholds, women worked around-the-clock six days a week, creating ballistics tables that proved crucial to Allied success. Rosie made the weapons, but the female computers made them accurate. When the first electronic computer (ENIAC) was developed to aid the Army's calculation efforts, six of these women were tapped to become its first programmers."--Container.

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Top Secret Rosies: The Female Computers of WWII

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Narrated by filmmaker/producer LeAnn Erickson, this full-length documentary tells the fascinating and important role of female mathematicians during World War II. Secretly recruited by the war department, women skilled in advanced mathematics manipulated astronomical differential equations to calculate...
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