The Sexist Trolls Doubting Black Hole Researcher Katie Bouman Need to Learn to Code

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Last week, fans of cool astronomical phenomena (read: almost everyone) rejoiced as an international team of scientists released the first ever image of a black hole. For the astrophysicists, software engineers, philosophers, and mathematicians who worked on the Event Horizon Telescope that captured the image, the announcement was an unprecedented milestone.

Their excitement was perhaps best embodied by a photo of one computer scientist on the Event Horizon Telescope team, Katie Bouman, who hid her beaming smile with her hands as she looked at the monumental rendering. Bouman had a lot to smile about’the image was created using petabytes of data that were stitched together using CHIRP, an algorithm that Bouman worked on. And Bouman had long served as a public face for the computer imaging aspect of the Event Horizon Telescope, delivering a TED Talk on the project in 2016.

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  • Publisher: Vice
  • Date: 2019-04-17T04:48:16Z
  • Author: Arielle Gordon
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White male scientist slams sexist trolls using his work on black hole project for ‘sexist vendetta’ against Katie Bouman

Katherine Bouman, a 29-year-old researcher who worked on the’crucial algorithm that led to capturing the first-ever image of a black hole, has become the target of online sexist trolls seeking to discredit her work on the historic project.

After the National Science Foundation on Wednesday revealed the first-ever image captured of a black hole, another image began to make the rounds on social media showing Bouman reacting with excitement to the photo of the mass.

The photo that showed Bouman with her hands clasping her face as she reacted to the team’s achievement became an instant symbol for female representation in STEM.

Male scientist who helped capture black hole photo defends Katie Bouman from sexist trolls

Computer scientist Katie Bouman made history this week helping capture the first photograph of a black hole ever taken, but sexist trolls began to undermine her work, claiming she’s only receiving recognition because she’s a woman.’

Many trolls attacked the 29-year-old for her role in taking the photo, saying she’s taking credit for the rest of her team of 200 people’s work and is only being praised because she’s a woman in science.’

‘So apparently some (I hope very few) people online are using the fact that I am the primary developer of the eht-imaging software library to launch awful and sexist attacks on my colleague and friend Katie Bouman. Stop,’ he tweeted on Thursday evening.’

Scientist who helped image black hole has her credibility questioned by sexist internet mob

Few could have anticipated that the historic release of the first image of a black hole would devolve into a public spectacle of sexist outrage ‘ though such are the times we live in, in which literally every news item is picked apart by reactionaries.

On April 10, the Event Horizon Telescope Collaboration (EHT) presented the first-ever direct image of a black hole. The blurry composite embodied over two centuries of advances in mathematics, science and electronics. Prior to the image, only artistic illustrations were available to depict the mysterious singularities that warp the spacetime continuum by virtue of their huge masses, producing such gravitational force that not even light can escape. Shortly after the EHT presentation, MIT tweeted an image of Katie Bouman, a 29-year-old computer scientist whose work was crucial to the project, during the moment the first black hole was processed.

  • Publisher: Raw Story
  • Date: 2019-04-16T23:03:41-04:00
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