Notable Women in Mathematics

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Autores: Charlene Morrow, Teri Perl
320 pages
Greenwood Press (May 30, 1998)
Product Dimensions:
9.6 x 6.5 x 1.2 inches

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From School Library Journal

Grade 9 Up-This book features five-to-six page profiles of 59 mathematicians and scientific computing researchers from around the world. Each profile describes the woman's major life events and educational and career milestones, includes a discussion of her areas of mathematical research in nontechnical terms, and lists works by and about that person. All entries have an accompanying black-and-white photograph. The majority of essays are based on interviews by the authors. Appendixes give listings of dates of birth and countries of employment and origin and the subject index provides easy access. Notable Mathematicians: From Ancient Times to the Present (Gale, 1998) profiles 23 of the same women. When comparing the two profiles of Karen Uhlenbeck, readers will find that Notable Women presents more information regarding her elementary school experiences, college choices, and difficulties in finding a first tenure-track position and mentors. Morrow and Perl's book also includes three profiles of African-American mathematicians, one Latina profile, and one Asian profile not found in the Gale book.
P. A. Dolan, Illinois State University, Normal
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From Library Journal

It is a rare high school girl who will be inspired to study mathematics by reading any of these 59 histories of discrimination and discouragement and learning, for instance, that Julia Robinson didn't mind being the only girl in a room full of boys because "mostly they paid no attention to her unless they needed help with homework." This dictionary contains signed articles with references to works by and about the subject, written by women mathematicians and educators. Indexes list dates of birth and countries of origin and employment. Most of the women profiled are living, currently active academic mathematicians, and several were interviewed especially for this dictionary. Six of these same women were also among those interviewed for Claudia Henrion's Women in Mathematics (Indiana Univ., 1997), which addresses the question of why even the most successful women mathematicians continue to feel like outsiders in the mathematical community. In writing for a high school/general audience, the contributors have had to tackle the "devilishly difficult task" of describing mathematical achievements to non-mathematicians. It seems a bit too bad that the focus on academic mathematicians excludes such women as Constance Reid (recently awarded the 1998 Communications Award for mathematics) or Sheila Tobias (famous for studies of math anxiety), whose contributions might seem more accessible to young women. Notable Mathematicians (Gale, 1997) has a good selection of famous historical female mathematicians and may be sufficient for the needs of many libraries. However, this dictionary introduces us to the mathematical achievements of many less-famous women, and the biographies of modern lives are less remote from the experience of modern people. For public and academic libraries.?Amy Brunvand, Univ. of Utah Lib., Salt Lake City
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