Cafe Book Display: Warping the Future

This book collection is part of the exhibit “Warping the Future”, and features books that fit within the themes of:

History of weaving: touching on the art of craftsmanship, exploring societies that pioneered on this practice and how that shaped the materials and tools used, from the first weaving looms to the creation of the Jacquard Loom.

Women’s work: from Ada Lovelace to every woman that played a vital role in the field of computer science, paving the way to all technological advances nowadays.

Computational algorithms and machine intelligence: how the history of weaving and the history of computing are interconnected, and how weaving patterns talk to programming languages.

These books are primarily by women writers and artists and include a variety of formats such as historical, autobiography and conceptual pieces. Works are available for research and inspiration, some on site, and most of them online at the Gottesman Libraries of Teachers College, Columbia University.

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On Weaving

by Anni Albers


Ada Lovelace:

The Making of a Computer Scientist

by Christopher Hollings, Ursula Martin, & Adrian Rice


Advancing Women in Science:

An International Perspective

by Willie Pearson, Jr., Lisa M. Freehill, & Connie L. McNeely


The Data Loom: Weaving Understanding by

Thinking Critically and Scientifically with Data

by Christopher Hollings, Ursula Martin, & Adrian Rice


First Textiles: The Beginnings of Textile

Production in Europe and the Mediterranean

by Ma?gorzata-Rahmstorf Siennicka & Agata Lorenz-Ulanowsk


Print Punch: Artefacts from

the Punch Card Computing Era

by Patrick Fry


Jacquard Weaving and Designing

by TF Bell


The Invisible Sex: Uncovering

the True Roles of Women in Prehistory

by J. M. Adovasio, Olga Soffer, & Jake Page


Recoding Gender: Women's Changing

Participation in Computing (History of Computing)

by Janet Abbate


Weaving Chiapas:

Maya Women's Lives in a Changing World

by Schütz, Barbara.-Castro Apreza, Yolanda.-K'inal Antsetik, A.C., A. C.-Castro Apreza, Inés.-Woodcock, & Charlene.-Gutiérrez, Leíre


The Fabric of Interface:

Mobile Media, Design, and Gender

by Stephen Monteiro


Labor and Laborers of the Loom:

Mechanization and Handloom Weavers, 1780-1840

by Gail Fowler Mohanty


Future Histories: What Ada Lovelace, Tom Paine,

and the Paris Commune Can Teach Us About Digital Technology

by Lizzie O'Shea


The Textiles Student's Manual - An Outline of All Textile Processes, From the Origin of the Fibre to the Finished Cloth

by T. Welford


Critical Fabulations:

Reworking the Methods and Margins of Design

by Daniela K Rosner


Weaving the Past: A History of Latin America's Indigenous Women from the Prehispanic Period to the Present

by Susan Kellogg


Affective Computing

by Roaslind W. Picard


Programmed Inequality

by Marie Hicks, William Aspray (Editor), & Thomas J. Misa (Editor)


The Warp Weighted Loom: Studies In the History and Technology Of an Ancient Implement

by Marta Hoffmann


Mothers and Daughters of Invention

by Autumn Stanley