Synopses & Reviews
Women of Science is a collection of essays dealing with contributions women have made to various scientific disciplines, written by women scientists in those disciplines. The areas covered are: astronomy, archaeology, biology, chemistry, crystallography, engineering, geology, mathematics, medicine, and physics. The women who have written these essays are, for the most part, not professional historians, but rather scientific professionals who felt the necessity of researching the contributions women have made to the devlopment of their fields.
The essays are unique, not only because they recover lost women who made significant contributions to their disciplines, but also because they are written with a depth of understanding that only a scientist working in a specific area can have.
The essays will be of interest not only to students (especially women students) of science who may be unaware of the many contributions women have made, but also to readers of the history of science whoses texts more often than not fail to include the work of most women scientists.
Women of Science focuses on accomplishments of women in astronomy, archaeology, biology, chemistry, crystallography, engineering, geology, mathematics, medicine, and physics. It confirms what other recent work has shown: past women scientists worked outside of "traditional" academic teaching and research positions and, thus, are frequently invisible in the professional scientific literature.
'For too many years, and for too many reasons, the capabilities of women have been repressed and ignored. Women of Science presents ample evidence of the important scientific contributions made by women. Yet this book is more than a reference--it is delightful and inspiring reading' --Association for Women in Science Magazine
Includes bibliographical references and indexes.
Table of Contents
Introduction, by G. Kass-Simon
Women in the Field: The Role of Women in Archaeology before 1960
Women in Geology
Michele L. Aldrich
Straying from Their Orbits: Women in Astronomy in America
Pamela E. Mack
Contributors to American Mathematics: An Overview and Selection
Judy Green and Jeanne Laduke
Women in the Intellectual Development of Engineering: A Study in Persistence and Systems of Thought
Martha Moore Trescott
Intellectual Contributions of Women to Physics
Biology Is Destiny
Women in Medical Science
Women in Chemistry
Jane A. Miller
Women in Crystallography
Maureen M. Julian