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Women in Mathematics

3.87  ·  Rating Details ·  39 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
The colorful lives of these women, who often traveled in the most avant-garde circles of their day, are presented in fascinating detail. The obstacles and censures that were also a part of their lives are a sobering reminder of the bias against women still present in this and other fields of academic endeavor. Mathematicians, science historians, and general readers will fi ...more
Paperback, 200 pages
Published February 15th 1975 by Mit Press (first published February 1st 1975)
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James
Apr 24, 2016 James rated it liked it
A cross section of important female personalities in mathematics (such as they were) over the history of the field. Some names were familiar to me in some way, but many of them were completely unknown to me, despite some important contributions to mathematics.

As far as the contributions themselves go, this book falls well short of the mark, mostly only naming in something like a laundry list the topics to which each woman contributed. Notable exceptions are the works of Sonya Kovalevsky and Emmy
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Kristin Lieber
Feb 08, 2016 Kristin Lieber rated it really liked it
Nice slim novel contains biographies of Hypatia, Maria Agnesi, Emilie de Breteuil, Caroline Herschel, Sophie Germain, Mary Fairfax Somerville, Sonya Corvin-Krukovsky Kovalevsky, and Emmy Noether.

A good resource should you be looking for positive role models for women and girls. Written from a well-balanced feminist perspective that does not gloss over, nor focus exclusively on, the barriers these women faced in the academic mathematical community. Contains more theory and mathematical "meat" tha
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Kevin
Aug 03, 2014 Kevin rated it really liked it
A great brief summary of the lives of some incredible women in science history. The first spotlight on Hypatia sparked my interest in learning more about her. After reading about Ada Lovelace's mathematical interests from elsewhere, I was somewhat aware of Mary Somerville's contributions to science literacy in the early-mid 1800s. I was pleased to find a good amount of content given for her.
This book will introduce you to some key women that showed that STEM fields don't need to be dominated by
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Claudia
Apr 16, 2013 Claudia rated it really liked it
For a high school math project, I had to choose a book title from the list my teacher gave me, and I decided to read this book because it was relatively short. However, once I started reading it, I was surprised about how interested I was. I would recommend it to anyone who loves reading about strong, confident women who are not afraid to turn against society's expectations.
Emily
Aug 03, 2013 Emily rated it liked it
This book is a good introduction to the subject of women in mathematics. The biographies are short, and include both mathematical accomplishments as well as interesting information about personal lives.
Patricia
Dec 16, 2008 Patricia rated it liked it
Well-researched articles about a variety of women mathematicians.
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