Complexities: Women in Mathematics

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Bettye Anne Case, Anne M. Leggett
Princeton University Press, 2005 - 412 páginas

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
3
In Her Own Words
4
Remembering Olga Taussky Todd
6
Being Julia Robinsons Sister
8
Euphemia Lofton Haynes
18
Marjorie Lee Browne
19
Cora Ratto de Sadosky
24
Fifty Years in Mathematics
27
Research and Teaching at Liberal Arts Colleges
212
Sustaining a Research Program
213
Are Student Ratings Unfair to Women?
215
Rules for Academic Success
218
OUTSIDE THE ACADEMY
221
Government and Administration
222
Citations
227
Computer Science
228

Emmy Noether
30
FROM EARLIER TIMES
38
My Grandmother Grace Chisholm Young
39
Like Mother Like Daughter
46
Charlotte Angas Scott
48
Sonia Kovalevsky
52
Elizaveta Fedorovna Litvinova
54
Ada Byron Lovelace
60
Sophie Germain
68
Christine Ladd Franklin and Mary Fairfax Somerville
74
Joining Together
77
Women and Mathematical Ability
79
The Presidents Perspectives
80
Activities and Awards
98
AWM in the 1990s
105
Women Preside
115
What Is It and What Should It Be?
116
Across Borders
121
Women Invited as Speakers at ICMs
122
ICM Activities on Women in Mathematics
124
International Views on Education
128
Crossing Ocean and Equator
131
Voices from Six Continents
134
COMPLEXITIES PHOTO ALBUM
148
Pathways in Mathematics
151
A DUAL TRIUMPH
177
Black and Female
178
In Remembrance
181
How I Decided to Pursue a PhD in Mathematics
184
A Double Dose of Discrimination
186
Prejudice and Isolation or Cooperation and Support?
188
INSIDE THE ACADEMY
191
Moment Maps in Stable Bundles
193
Honors and Awards
195
Gung and Hu Award Conferred on Schafer
196
Spikes Honored as Administrator and Educator
197
Chauvenet Prize Awarded to Birman
199
Expository Writing
200
Country School to Grad School
202
The Real World of the 1930s
204
Two Mentors
205
Alice B Dickinson
207
Increasing Minority Representation in Mathematics
208
Aerospace
230
Oil Industry
232
Publishing
235
National Security Agency
236
Biomedical Research
238
Communications Industry
240
HAVING A LIFE
243
How I Became a Mathematician
244
Is Geography Destiny?
248
Making a Choice
251
Universities and the TwoBody Problem
253
Lifestyle Discussions
256
The TwoCity Existence
257
Spatial Separation in Family Life
258
Tenure Track Mommy Track
260
Celebration
265
Problems Including Mathematical Problems from My Early Years
267
Looking Back Looking Ahead
272
Olga Taussky and Class Field Theory
281
Numbers Matrices and Commutativity
292
The Taussky Todd Celebration
308
A Mathematician at NIST Today
314
What Use Is Statistics for Massive Data?
328
Math with an Attitude
340
Into a New Century
347
A Brief Mathematical Biography
349
Challenges
354
Mathematics in My Century
356
Thought Problems
358
Outreach and Variety
361
Demographic Trends and Challenges
364
Me a Mathematician?
370
My Path toward Mathematics
372
A Cautionary Tale
381
Role Models and Mentors
385
An Energetic Career
388
For the Love of Mathematics
390
Mortals and Morals
393
Afterword
397
Photo Credits
399
Index of Names
401
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Bettye Anne Case is Olga Larson Professor of Mathematics at Florida State University. Anne M. Leggett is Associate Professor of Mathematics at Loyola University, Chicago.

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