A Convergence of Lives: Sofia Kovalevskaia - Scientist, Writer, Revolutionary / Edition 1

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"Succeeds in integrating Kovalevskaia's science, radical leanings, and literary writings . . . especially fine reading for those with a contemporary interest in women in science."--Science

"A biography worthy of its subject and respectful of its reader. . . . Koblitz's understanding of Russian and European social, political, and intellectual history permeates this enjoyable biography, and her analysis and conclusions are particularly enlightening."--Physics Today

To inaugurate its series, Lives of Women in Science, Rutgers University Press reissued this much-acclaimed biography of Sofia Kovalevskaia (1850-1891), the renowned nineteenth-century mathematician, writer, and revolutionary.
Sofia Kovalevskaia's interests in mathematics was aroused at an early age--her attic nursery had been wallpapered with lecture notes for a course on calculus. She spent hours studying the mysterious walls, trying to figure out which page followed from the next. Kovalevskaia became the only woman mathematician whose name all mathematicians recognize. Indeed, she was the first professional woman scientist to win international eminence in any field: the first woman doctorate in mathematics, the first to hold a chair in mathematics, the first to sit on the editorial board of a major scientific journal.
She was also an accomplished writer, a proponent of women's rights and education, a wife and mother in an unconventional marriage, and a champion of radical political causes in Russia and Western Europe. This sympathetic portrait of a remarkable woman will appeal to all readers, non-mathematicians and mathematicians alike.
Ann Hibner Koblitz is an associate professor of history at Hartwick College and founder of the Kovalevskaia Fund, which supports women scientists in the Third World. She has won the History of Science Society's prize for outstanding work on the history of women in science.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813519630
  • Publisher: Rutgers University Press
  • Publication date: 3/1/1993
  • Series: Lives of Women in Science
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 346
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.79 (d)

Meet the Author

Ann Hibner Koblitz is associate professor of history at Hartwick College and founder of the Kovalevskaia Fund, which supports women scientists in the Third World. She has won the History of Science Society's prize for outstanding work on the history of women in science. Pnina Abir-Am, the series editor, is NSF Visiting Associate Professor in the History of Science at The Johns Hopkins University.
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Table of Contents

Series Foreword
Preface to the Second Edition
Introduction 1
Ch. I Early Childhood and Family Relations 9
Ch. II Political and Scientific Development; Early Influences 31
Ch. III A Fictitious Marriage 55
Ch. IV In Search of Education 81
Ch. V Berlin and the Paris Commune 99
Ch. VI A Doctorate in Mathematics 113
Ch. VII Mathematics in Abeyance 125
Ch. VIII A Slow Reawakening 143
Ch. IX A Vagabond Mathematician 155
Ch. X "A Princess of Science" 179
Ch. XI A Woman in the European Mathematical Community 195
Ch. XII Kovalevskaia's Final Years 211
Ch. XIII Kovalevskaia's Mathematics 239
Ch. XIV Kovalevskaia's Literary Works 257
Ch. XV Conclusion 269
Bibliography 277
Index 299
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