Pythagoras's Trousers

Pythagoras's Trousers

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by Margaret Wertheim
     
 

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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

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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 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.

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.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780393317244
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
09/01/1997
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
944,132
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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Pythagoras's Trousers 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Committed, fascinating, novel perspective on the history of science. All men scientists should read this! (Women already know much of it).