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Headstrong by Rachel Swaby
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did not like it
bookshelves: couldn-t-finish

Unfortunate execution of a good idea. Too many people for one book, so superficial, so colloquial, so bad. If someone has a recommendation for a good book about women scientists I’d love to hear it; I’m also working on American Women Scientists: 23 Inspiring Biographies, which is better but a) limited to Americans, b) doesn’t include some women I’m interested in like Maria Mitchell, c) still aimed a bit to a younger audience. Interested more in physical sciences/math.
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August 31, 2015 – Shelved
August 31, 2015 – Shelved as: not-worth-finishing
August 31, 2015 – Finished Reading
October 23, 2018 – Shelved as: couldn-t-finish

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Tabitha Try "Nobel Prize Women in Science: Their Lives, Struggles, and Momentous Discoveries" by McGrayne. It was listed as a source but from the way some of the entries are written in Headstrong, I'm surprised. You'll find the writing much more intelligent and feel like you learned something of substance from the entries without being overwhelmed by unexplained jargon. It covers 15 women in respectable detail.


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