Category Archives: Mathematicians

Emmy Noether – Original in More Ways Than One

“Fraulein Noether was the most significant creative mathematical genius thus far produced since the higher education of women began.”  ~ Albert Einstein If you ask anyone to name a famous woman mathematician, the names that come to mind will usually … Continue reading

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Ada Byron Lovelace – “Enchantress of Numbers”

Often women in the 18th and 19th centuries overcame significant odds to study mathematics or science, but as with every rule there is the exception. Ada Byron Lovelace is one of those exceptions. In Ada’s case, not only did she … Continue reading

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Mary Fairfax Somerville – Mathematics by Candlelight

“I was annoyed that my turn for reading was so much disapproved of, and thought it unjust that women should have been given a desire for knowledge if it were wrong to acquire it.” Mary Fairfax Somerville The 17th and … Continue reading

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Laura Bassi – Italian Physicist (1711 – 1778)

  The entrance of women into the sciences has been a long process beginning several centuries ago. It’s not easy to find these women in the 18th century, but those that made a name for themselves did so because they … Continue reading

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Émilie du Châtelet – “femme savant” and paramour

Depending on where you have heard of Émilie du Châtelet you know her as a mathematician and scientist, or the paramour of Voltaire. She was both, a complex woman stimulated by intelligent conversation and study, but also a coquette. On … Continue reading

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