Pythagoras's Trousers

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A spirited look at the relationship between physics and religion—and the implications for both sexes.
Here is a fresh, astute social and cultural history of physics, from ancient Greece to our own time. From its inception, Margaret Wertheim shows, physics has been an overwhelmingly male-dominated activity; she argues that gender inequity in physics is a result of the religious origins of the enterprise.Pythagoras' Trousers is a highly original history of one of science's most ...

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Overview

A spirited look at the relationship between physics and religion—and the implications for both sexes.
Here is a fresh, astute social and cultural history of physics, from ancient Greece to our own time. From its inception, Margaret Wertheim shows, physics has been an overwhelmingly male-dominated activity; she argues that gender inequity in physics is a result of the religious origins of the enterprise.Pythagoras' Trousers is a highly original history of one of science's most powerful disciplines. It is also a passionate argument for the need to involve both women and men in the process of shaping the technologies from the next generation of physicists.

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Editorial Reviews

Keith Devlin - Nature
“Fascinating. . . . A delight to read, and highly informative.”
Evelyn Fox Keller
“Smart, bold, and provocative. . . . Sure to evoke even more interest than it does controversy.”
J. Wentzel van Huyssteen
“Remarkable. . . . A fascinating journey through the intellectual history that has shaped our current post-modern, scientific, and religious culture.”
Susan Faludi
“[An] immensely accessible tour. . . . How the physics lab became another Vatican with a no-girls-allowed sign on its door.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393317244
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/1/1997
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 275,557
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.72 (d)

Meet the Author

Margaret Wertheim is a science journalist and commentator and author of the book Pythagoras' Trousers.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 31, 2004

    pythagoras trousers - a must for men and women scientists

    Committed, fascinating, novel perspective on the history of science. All men scientists should read this! (Women already know much of it).

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