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re: the actual bug - it took a long time for people to reproduce it and figure out what it was.

This article gives an overview of the bug:

https://www.bugsnag.com/blog/bug-day-race-condition-therac-2...

A much longer paper about the system here (linked from the OP twitter thread)

https://web.stanford.edu/class/cs240/old/sp2014/readings/the...




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