Delia Derbyshire

Staff Picks: Flavorwire’s Favorite Cultural Things This Week

Need a great book to read, album to listen to, or TV show to get hooked on? The Flavorwire team is here to help: in this weekly feature, our editorial staffers recommend the cultural object or experience they’ve enjoyed most in the past seven days. Click through for our picks, and tell us what you’ve been loving in the comments. … Read More

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10 Female Electronic Music Pioneers You Should Know

Of all the great albums out this month, we’re perhaps the most excited about the return of Gudrun Gut. Her new record Wildlife is a fantastic piece of work, and the latest installment in a career that’s spanned three decades and a seemingly endless variety of electronic sounds. Electronic music has long been indebted to female pioneers, so to celebrate, we’re highlighting some other great female innovators in the… Read More

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5 Gender Barrier-Busting Women to Celebrate Ada Lovelace Day

Today is Ada Lovelace day! If you’re not familiar with Lovelace, she was a 19th century writer and mathematician who was hugely influential in the design and development of Charles Babbage’s analytical engine, which would have been the world’s first computer had Babbage ever been able to find the cash to build it. (She also happened to be the poet Lord Byron’s only daughter, although she never knew him.) Lovelace’s work on the analytical engine was arguably just as important as Babbage’s, and her notes as to using the machine to process an algorithm that would calculate a series of Bernoulli numbers (a mathematical sequence that you can read more about here if you’re interested) means that she has the distinction of creating the world’s first computer program. In honor of Lovelace and the day devoted to remembering her work, here are five other women who’ve been massively influential in traditionally male-dominated fields. … Read More

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