The Madame Curie Complex: The Hidden History of Women in Science

The Madame Curie Complex: The Hidden History of Women in Science

by Julie Des Jardins
     
 

ISBN-10: 1558616136

ISBN-13: 9781558616134

Pub. Date: 03/01/2010

Publisher: Feminist Press at CUNY, The

Julie Des Jardins uncovers the stories of prominent women scientists-from Rachel Carson to Jane Goodall to the women of the Manhattan Project-to explore how women have employed different scientific methods, asked new questions, come up with original explanations, and forever transformed scientific inquiry. The Madame Curie Complex gives fresh insight into the

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Julie Des Jardins uncovers the stories of prominent women scientists-from Rachel Carson to Jane Goodall to the women of the Manhattan Project-to explore how women have employed different scientific methods, asked new questions, come up with original explanations, and forever transformed scientific inquiry. The Madame Curie Complex gives fresh insight into the barriers and successes for women in science, and sheds light on the way our cultural ideas of gender have shaped the profession.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781558616134
Publisher:
Feminist Press at CUNY, The
Publication date:
03/01/2010
Series:
Women Writing Science Series
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
453,778
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 8.58(h) x 0.71(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: Through the Lives of Women Scientists 1

I Assistants, Housekeepers, and Interchangeable Parts: Women Scientists and Professionalization 1880-1940 11

1 Madame Curie's American Tours: Women and Science in the 1920s 23

2 Making Science Domestic and Domesticity Scientific: The Ambiguous Life and Ambidextrous Work of Lillian Gilbreth 53

3 To Embrace or Decline Marriage and Family: Annie Jump Cannon and the Women of the Harvard Observatory, 1880-1940 88

II The Cult of Masculinity in the Age of Heroic Science, 1941-1962 117

4 Those Science Made Invisible: Finding the Women of the Manhattan Project 130

5 Maria Goeppert Mayer and Rosalind Franklin: The Politics of Partners and Prizes in the Heroic Age of Science 157

III American Women and Science in Transition, 1962 201

6 Generational Divides: Rosalyn Sussman Yalow, Evelyn Fox Keller, Barbara McClintock, and Feminism after 1963 219

7 The Lady Trimates and Feminist Science?: Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey, and Birut? Galdikas 253

Conclusion: Apes, Corn, and Silent Springs: A Women's Tradition of Science? 285

Acknowledgments 295

Index 297

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