Re: Hypatia inventions

david friedman (
Sun, 16 Mar 1997 21:46:46 -0800 (PST)

>Eugene Leitl wrote:
>> Not to forget Grace Hopper (Gracehopper?), who ever found the first
>> _true_ bug in her program. It is purported to have been a moth, though.
>It was a moth. Its wings got caught tween some relay contacts.

The trouble with this widely believed story is that, as you can easily
check in an old dictionary, "bug" as a printer's term for "error" long
predates electronic computers.

David Friedman