It’s been a good two weeks now since I first started whining to my parents to put the Christmas tree up. I’ve been full-on blasting Christmas songs since about the 15th of November, and I am now commonly known amongst my friends as the Christmas-obsessed one. Yet I keep hearing the same thing: it’s way too early for all that Christmassy stuff. Well, allow me to correct you.
The thirteenth woman in my influential women series has roots in the medical world. Meet Dr. Elizabeth Blackwell, ladies and gentlemen. Elizabeth was the first woman in the United States to obtain a medical degree, and as you can imagine she did not manage to do that without opposition. She, however, did not give a damn about what anyone thought of her.
Last week around this time I was walking the streets of Barcelona with two friends. Ten hours before that, we had no idea Barcelona was where we were going to end up. We had booked a city trip with srprs.me, an organisation which allows you to book city trips etc. without knowing where you’re going until the day you leave. As you can read here, here, here and here I’m not the type of person who goes without planning. It stresses me the hell out. Yet I loved this trip more than I ever thought I would – and this is why.
When one talks about cryptology during the First World War, William F. Friedman is among some of the names that are often mentioned. William Friedman is most commonly known for his introduction of mathematical and scientific methods into cryptology, which strongly improved information systems security. What many people don’t know, however, is that it was his wife who introduced him to cryptology in the first place.