"Films have a certain place in a certain time period. Technology is forever." --Hedy Lamarr
I know I’m supposed to be doing a serious, intellectual blog on the new AAUW report "Where the Girls Are: The Facts About Gender Equity in Education" and response to the report, and I swear I will. But in the meantime, I just gotta tell you about this new off, off, off (ok I have no idea how many offs there are) Broadway show about one of FairerScience heroes, Hedy Lamarr. So why is an actress from the 40’s known primarily for her movies and her beauty (and boy was she beautiful), a FairerScience hero?
Well, duh, because she was a scientist. She and composer George Antheil, developed an idea for a secret communication system using frequency hopping, in 1941. As Wikkipeida says . "This early version of frequency hopping used a piano roll to change between 88 frequencies and was intended to make radio-guided torpedoes harder for enemies to detect or jam." Her work is now recognized as a model for wireless technology.
Since she, along with Lady Ada Lovelace and Rear Admiral Grace Hopper, has been of my top three fun science role models, I'm delighted that Thursday a "multi-media theatrical piece", a dark comedy about LaMarr and Antheil and their work, called Frequency Hopping, is opening.
I'm going to try to see it and if I do I'll write a review; if you see it first, let me know what you think.