Notable Women in Mathematics: A Biographical Dictionary

Notable Women in Mathematics: A Biographical Dictionary

by Charlene Morrow, Teri Perl
     
 

This volume features substantive biographical essays on 59 women from around the world who have made significant contributions to mathematics from antiquity to the present. Designed for secondary school students and the general public, each profile describes major life events, obstacles faced and overcome, educational and career milestones—including a

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This volume features substantive biographical essays on 59 women from around the world who have made significant contributions to mathematics from antiquity to the present. Designed for secondary school students and the general public, each profile describes major life events, obstacles faced and overcome, educational and career milestones—including a discussion of mathematical research in non-technical terms—and interests outside of 2 promotics. Although the collection includes historical women, the emphasis is on contemporary mathematicians, many of whom have not been profiled in any previous work. The work also celebrates the contributions of minority women, including 10 African-American, Latina, and Asian mathematicians.

Written by practicing mathematicians, teachers and researchers, these profiles give voice to the variety of pathways into mathematics that women have followed and the diversity of areas in which mathematics can work. Many profiles draw on interviews with the subject, and each includes a short list of suggested reading by and about the mathematician. Most mathematicians profiled stress the value, importance, and enjoyment of collaborative research, contradicting the prevailing notion that doing good mathematics requires isolation. This collection provides not only a substantial number of role models for girls interested in a career in mathematics, but also a unique depiction of a field that can offer a lifetime of challenge and enjoyment.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780313291319
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
05/30/1998
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.75(d)
Lexile:
1210L (what's this?)
Age Range:
14 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

CHARLENE MORROW is Co-Director of SummerMath, a six-week program for high school girls at Mount Holyoke College, past president and current co-Executive Director of Women and Mathematics Education, and Chair of the Comprehensive Mathematics Education for Every Child Committee of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. She has presented and written extensively on effective learning approaches and educational environments for girls and women.

TERI PERL is a consultant in education and technology with Teri Perl Associates. She is the author of two highly acclaimed books on women and mathematics, Math Equals (1978) and Women and Numbers (1993), and has also written a number of other educational books and materials for teachers. As co-founder of The Learning Company, Dr. Perl helped create several award-winning software packages in mathematics education and continues to be involved in teacher development at both the pre-service and in-service levels.

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Table of Contents

Introduction

Maria Agnesi

Andrea Bertozzi

Lenore Blum

Sylvia Bozeman

Marjorie Lee Browne

Leone Burton

Fan Chung

Ingrid Daubeschies

Emilie du Chatelet

Etta Falconer

Joan Feigenbaum

Elizabeth Fennema

Herta Taussig Freitag

Sophie Germain

Evelyn Boyd Granville

Mary Gray

Gloria Hewitt

Grace Hopper

Rhonda Hughes

Joan Hutchinson

Hypatia

Nancy Kopell

Sofya Kovalevskaya

Christine Ladd-Franklin

Anneli Lax

Gilah Leder

Emma Lehmer

Ada Lovelace

Vivian Malone-Mayes

Dusa McDuff

Marie-Louise Michelsohn

Cathleen Morawetz

Emmy Noether

Karen Parshall

Bernadette Perrin-Riou

Harriet Pollatsek

Cheryl Praeger

Mina Rees

Ida Rhodes

Julia Robinson

Judith Roitman

Mary Ellen Rudin

Mary Beth Ruskai

Cora Sadosky

Alice Schafer

Doris Schattschneider

Charlotte Agnas Scott

Marjorie Senechal

Lesley Sibner

Mary Somerville

Pauline Sperry

Alicia Boole Stott

Olga Taussky-Todd

Jean Taylor

Chuu-Lian Terng

Karen Uhlenbeck

Marion Walter

Sylvia Wiegand

Grace Chisholm Young

Appendix I: Mathematicians by Date of Birth

Appendix II: Countries of Employment

Index

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