It may be anticipated that the historical release of the first image of a black hole would be transferred to a public spectacle of sexist insults – although these are the hours we live in, where every news item is literally chosen of the reactionaries.
On April 10, the Horizon Telescope Event (EHT) showed the first direct image of a black hole. The fuzzy composite has been combined over two centuries of growth in mathematics, science and electronics. Before the image, artistic illustrations are only available to illustrate the mysterious singles that prohibit the resumption of space because of their masses, making such a gravitational force that does not even escape the light. Shortly after the EHT presentation, MIT likened the image of Katie Bouman, a 29-year-old scientific computer whose work was important to the project, once the process of the first black hole was processed.
"Here is the first moment The black hole image has been processed, from the eyes of researcher Katie Bouman," MIT's largest research lab, Computer Science & Artificial Intelligence Lab, said on Twitter.
Bouman, a postdoctoral fellow at the Event Horizon Telescope and a future Assistant Professor at the Department of Computation and Mathematical Sciences at the California Institute of Technology, looks like a lovely photo sitting in front of his computer, his hands covering his mouth in amazement. The picture immediately made her face the project ̵
A familiar arc story followed. Twitter Fake accounts are set up in his name. Twitter men rejected her scientific contributions as mere physical positions. And there was a debate about whether or not he was eligible for a Wikipedia page.
It is hard to imagine that the same answer was followed if a white person was in that picture instead of Bouman. Salon went to Bouman for an interview, but a representative for MIT said she was no longer taking press interviews.
Women are no secret that racing, engineering, engineering, and math (STEM) racing are not allowed. According to the statistics of 2016, women represent only 30 percent of the STEM workforce. Often their contributions are unnoticed, as history has shown us. For example, when people are thinking of the mission that caused the Apollo on the moon, they probably think of the astronaut Neil Armstrong, not, say, Margaret Hamilton, to build on-board flight software for the space program Apollo. Putting on Bouman in the middle of discovery may be an eye optic choice for the MIT research lab, as STEM fields are often criticized for lack of gender equality, but public opposition is almost certain unexpected.
In the midst of confusion, Bouman wrote on a Facebook post: "No one has created this image, or it's an algorithm or person, it needs the amazing talent of a team of scientists from around the world and years of efforts to develop instruments, data processing, imaging techniques, and analysis strategies required to pull off this seemingly impossible feat. It's truly an honor, and I'm very happy that there was an opportunity to work with you all . "
His response is gracious, and emphasizes how big the project is through collective collaboration. As many say, his response brings light to false glorification to the "lone genius" troop on STEM, in which a person is responsible for a creative creation. (Although Isaac Newton was unconcerned by the way he treated him as a singular hero for gravitation reflection: "If I can see more of this is by standing on the shoulders of the giants, "he wrote in a letter to both natural philosopher Robert Hooke.) More than 200 people worked on the black hole imaging project, and Bouman who brought it to public attention was not an attempt to soften his credibility or contribution, but rather remind people that something so huge in the science world can not happen without some brains. While describing Bouman in his 2016 TED Talk, he compared himself to a forensic sketch artist, but instead created an algorithm to image a mystery in the universe.
But the worst thing in this whole legend can be touched by fears of young women who want to continue racing on the STEM. The message from Bouman's backlash is that if you are a woman who has faced a huge scientific advancement, sexist internet trolls will spend so much time in their harassing time and trying to refute your credibility.
Women are often faced with harassing various social media platforms – especially in professions such as journalism and politics, where they are in the public eye. How we appear is not clear, as abusive incidents are appropriate to inspire many to stop using social media platforms completely, à la Kelly Marie Tran.