It started when Jessica relayed something that happened when she was on a cultural walking tour of Sofia two weekends ago. The tour guide asked “Does anyone know who invented the computer?”
Alan Turing? Charles Babbage?
The tour guided pointed to a statue and said, “John Atanasoff.”
I had never heard of him. So of course I looked him up. That led me down the most incredible rabbit hole as I uncovered a courtroom drama filled with invalidated patents and mountains of court records.
Why had I never heard about this? It was eclipsed by a bigger legal drama: Watergate.