Complexities: Women in Mathematics
Sophie Germain taught herself mathematics by candlelight, huddled in her bedclothes. Ada Byron Lovelace anticipated aspects of general-purpose digital computing by more than a century. Cora Ratto de Sadosky advanced messages of tolerance and equality while sharing her mathematical talents with generations of students.
This captivating book gives voice to women mathematicians from the late eighteenth century through to the present day. It documents the complex nature of the conditions women around the world have faced--and continue to face--while pursuing their careers in mathematics. The stories of the three women above and those of many more appear here, each one enlightening and inspiring. The earlier parts of the book provide historical context and perspective, beginning with excursions into the lives of fifteen women born before 1920. Included are histories of collective efforts to improve women's opportunities in research mathematics. In addition, a photo essay puts a human face on the subject as it illustrates women's contributions in professional associations.
More than eighty women from academe, government, and the private sector provide a rich mélange of insights and strategies for creating workable career paths while maintaining rewarding personal lives. The book discusses related social and cultural issues, and includes a summary of recent comparative data relating to women and men in mathematics and women from other sciences. First-person accounts provide explicit how-tos; many narratives demonstrate great determination and perseverance. Talented women vividly portray their pleasure in discovering new mathematics. The senior among them speak out candidly, interweaving their mathematics with autobiographical detail. At the beginning of a new century, women at all stages of their careers share their outlooks and experiences.
Clear, engaging, and meticulously researched, Complexities will inspire young women who are contemplating careers in mathematics and will speak to women in many fields of endeavor and walks of life.
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FROM THE TWENTIETH CENTURY
In Her Own Words
Remembering Olga Taussky Todd
Being Julia Robinsons Sister
Euphemia Lofton Haynes
Marjorie Lee Browne
Cora Ratto de Sadosky
Fifty Years in Mathematics
Research and Teaching at Liberal Arts Colleges
Sustaining a Research Program
Are Student Ratings Unfair to Women?
Rules for Academic Success
OUTSIDE THE ACADEMY
Government and Administration
FROM EARLIER TIMES
My Grandmother Grace Chisholm Young
Like Mother Like Daughter
Charlotte Angas Scott
Elizaveta Fedorovna Litvinova
Ada Byron Lovelace
Christine Ladd Franklin and Mary Fairfax Somerville
Women and Mathematical Ability
The Presidents Perspectives
Activities and Awards
AWM in the 1990s
What Is It and What Should It Be?
Women Invited as Speakers at ICMs
ICM Activities on Women in Mathematics
International Views on Education
Crossing Ocean and Equator
Voices from Six Continents
COMPLEXITIES PHOTO ALBUM
Pathways in Mathematics
A DUAL TRIUMPH
Black and Female
How I Decided to Pursue a PhD in Mathematics
A Double Dose of Discrimination
Prejudice and Isolation or Cooperation and Support?
INSIDE THE ACADEMY
Moment Maps in Stable Bundles
Honors and Awards
Gung and Hu Award Conferred on Schafer
Spikes Honored as Administrator and Educator
Chauvenet Prize Awarded to Birman
Country School to Grad School
The Real World of the 1930s
Alice B Dickinson
Increasing Minority Representation in Mathematics
National Security Agency
HAVING A LIFE
How I Became a Mathematician
Is Geography Destiny?
Making a Choice
Universities and the TwoBody Problem
The TwoCity Existence
Spatial Separation in Family Life
Tenure Track Mommy Track
Problems Including Mathematical Problems from My Early Years
Looking Back Looking Ahead
Olga Taussky and Class Field Theory
Numbers Matrices and Commutativity
The Taussky Todd Celebration
A Mathematician at NIST Today
What Use Is Statistics for Massive Data?
Math with an Attitude
Into a New Century
A Brief Mathematical Biography
Mathematics in My Century
Outreach and Variety
Demographic Trends and Challenges
Me a Mathematician?
My Path toward Mathematics
A Cautionary Tale
Role Models and Mentors
An Energetic Career
For the Love of Mathematics
Mortals and Morals