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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.

"Fascinating.... A delight to read, and highly informative". — Keith Devlin, Nature

"Smart, bold, and provocative.... Sure to evoke even more interest than it does controversy". — Evelyn Fox Keller, professor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, author of Reflections on Gender and Science

"Remarkable.... A fascinating journey through the intellectual history that has shaped our current post-modern, scientific, and religious culture". — J. Wentzel van Huyssteen, Princeton Theological Seminary

"(An) immensely accessible tour.... How the physics lab became another Vatican with a no-girls-allowed sign on its door". — Susan Faludi, author of Backlash

Synopsis:

A spirited look at the relationship between physics and religion--and the implications for both sexes.

Synopsis:

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.

About the Author

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

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ISBN:
9780393317244
Author:
Wertheim, Margaret
Publisher:
W. W. Norton & Company
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Reference
Subject:
Physics
Subject:
History
Subject:
Popular Culture
Subject:
Physicists
Subject:
Religion and science
Subject:
Women in science
Subject:
Women mathematicians
Subject:
Sex discrimination in physics.
Subject:
Popular Culture - General
Subject:
Science Reference-General
Publication Date:
19970931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
8.53x5.54x.78 in. .90 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , A spirited look at the relationship between physics and religion--and the implications for both sexes.
"Synopsis" by , 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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