A to Z of Women in Science and Math

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From ancient times to the present, scientifically inclined women in most cultures have had to battle against the notion that any man is more adept at endeavors of the mind than any woman, no matter how brilliant or innovative her ideas may be. A to Z of Women in Science and Math profiles women who have overcome typecasting and discrimination to contribute greatly to the scientific world.

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Overview

From ancient times to the present, scientifically inclined women in most cultures have had to battle against the notion that any man is more adept at endeavors of the mind than any woman, no matter how brilliant or innovative her ideas may be. A to Z of Women in Science and Math profiles women who have overcome typecasting and discrimination to contribute greatly to the scientific world.

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• Basic biographical information about more than 150 women from all historical ages, from many countries, and who have worked in a wide range of scientific and mathematical fields—from astronomy to zoology.
• Full coverage, including the obstacles some of these women overcame to become leaders in their fields; their discoveries of new information and ideas; and their important contributions.
• A bibliography of sources for each woman featured that will inspire further reading and study.

A to Z of Women in Science and Math also provides a general bibliography; a visual chronology that shows when the women lived relative to each other; subject indexes that list women by area of achievement, country of birth, country of work, and period of birth; and a comprehensive index that allows full access to all the material in the book.
Profiles include:
• Agnodice (late 4th century b.c.): Greek physician
• Elizabeth Blackwell (18211910): British/American physician
• Gerty Cori (18961957): American biochemist
• Marie Curie (18671934): French physicist and chemist
• Diane Fossey (19321985): American zoologist
• Rosalind Franklin (19201962): Britishchemist
• Hildegarde of Bingen (10981179): German botanist and physician
• Mae Jemison (1956present): American physician
• Margaret Mead (19011978): American anthropologist
• Lise Meitner (18781968): German/Swedish physicist
• Tomoko Ohta (19331976): Japanese geneticist.
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Readers will find new names here along with the familiar...A good general resource.
Library Journal
This is the second entry in the Facts on File "Encyclopedia of Women" series, joining A to Z of Native American Women (LJ 8/98). Like the first volume, it profiles over 150 women, in this case women who have made contributions in a wide range of fields--medicine, genetics, ecology, archaeology, astronomy, botany, mathematics, physics, computer science, zoology, chemistry, and related scientific fields. The selections cover women from antiquity to the present, ranging from fourth-century Greek physician Agnodice to astronaut/physician Mae Carol Jemison. Essays on each woman are generally 300 to 1000 words, recounting essential biographical information: education, career, contributions to the field, and, perhaps most interestingly, obstacles they faced in male-dominated careers. Most essays include a photograph, and all include suggestions for further reading. The biographical sketches are arranged alphabetically, and the volume concludes with indexes by field of endeavor, country of birth, country of major scientific activity, and year of birth. This very readable collection of essays and sketches is a useful quick reference point to begin research on one of these women scientists. It will be a good companion to American Women in Science (LJ 2/15/99) and Greenwood's Notable Women in Mathematics (LJ 7/98). Known mainly for her juvenile books, Yount has authored several other Facts on File titles, including Black Scientists (1991), Contemporary Women Scientists (1994), and Twentieth-Century Women Scientists (1995). Recommended for general audiences.--Kathy Breeden, Lupton Lib., Univ. of Tennessee at Chattanooga
School Library Journal
YA-Yount provides excellent biographical material on 150 women who have contributed to these fields. With an informative but not overly scholarly writing style, this is a top-notch choice for high school libraries. The author hopes to motivate young women to pursue these careers even though there will be prejudices to overcome. Although most of the women are scientists, the inclusion of some mathematicians may help bridge a gap in collections. The charts increase the reference value, as the women are arranged by field, nationality and country of work, year of birth, and a chronology. Yount includes fewer women than Martha J. Bailey's American Women in Science (ABC-CLIO, 1994), but the articles are longer.-Claudia Moore, W. T. Woodson High School, Fairfax, VA Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
Booknews
The biographical dictionary profiles 150 plus notable women who have forged new discoveries and theories in science and math throughout history and the world. It also provides 50 photographs, and indexes that list women by area of achievement, country of birth, country of work, and period of birth. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780816037971
  • Publisher: Facts on File, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/28/1999
  • Series: Encyclopedia of Women Series
  • Pages: 272
  • Age range: 14 years
  • Product dimensions: 7.60 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 0.90 (d)

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