Pythagoras' Trousers: Physics, Faith, and Feminism

Pythagoras' Trousers: Physics, Faith, and Feminism

by Margaret Wertheim
     
 
This astute social and cultural history of physics explores how the development of physics has been intertwined with the rising power of institutionalized religion, and how both these predominantly masculine pursuits have influenced women's ability to join the physics community, the science itself, and the picture of reality it portrays.

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This astute social and cultural history of physics explores how the development of physics has been intertwined with the rising power of institutionalized religion, and how both these predominantly masculine pursuits have influenced women's ability to join the physics community, the science itself, and the picture of reality it portrays.

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A social and cultural history of physics, from ancient Greece to the present, demonstrating that from its inception, physics has been a male-dominated field and continues to be so today, and asking what the world would look like if men and women worked together in shaping the physics of the future. The author looks at the religious origins of physics as the source of its gender inequality, and argues that the continuing religious undercurrent in contemporary physics is behind women's underrepresentation in the field. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780812922004
Publisher:
Crown Publishing Group
Publication date:
08/01/1995
Edition description:
1st ed
Pages:
279
Product dimensions:
6.42(w) x 9.50(h) x 1.06(d)

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