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Out of the Shadows : Contributions of Twentieth-Century Women to Physics - Nina Byers

Out of the Shadows

Contributions of Twentieth-Century Women to Physics

By: Nina Byers (Editor), Gary Williams (Editor)

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Published: 23rd December 2010
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Why are there so few prominent female physicists? Traditionally women have faced barriers in higher education, denying them access to higher learning and scientific laboratories. Today many of these barriers have been breached, but the female pioneers who overcame discrimination and became major players in their fields remain largely in the shadows. Their names deserve to be known and the importance of their work, achievements and contributions to science warrant recognition. Originally published in 2006, Out of the Shadows provides an accurate and authoritative description of the women who made original and important contributions to physics in the twentieth century, documenting their major discoveries and putting their work into its historical context. Each chapter concentrates on a different woman, and is written by a physicist with considerable experience in their field. The book is an ideal reference for anyone with an interest in science and social history.

Review of the hardback: 'As this inspiring gallery of heroines makes plain, there's no such thing as female science - just female scientists, including some very great ones. Their achievements span a vast range of mathematics, physics, and astronomy. In Out of the Shadows, experts lucidly explain what they did, and the lives they led. I was mesmerized, and edified.' Frank Wilcze, Nobel Prize in Physics 2004, Herman Feshbach, Professor of Physics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Review of the hardback: 'This book fills a vacuum in the history of physics. For the first time we have in one place clear accounts of careers and contributions to physics of 40 distinguished women from a variety of fields. In particular, the authors are informed insiders with intimate knowledge of their fields who often provide fresh information about their subjects. Let us hope that this book will inspire physicists to include these women in their lectures and textbooks so that no one will ever again badger women students with taunts like 'What's a nice girl like you doing in Physics 55?'' Margaret W. Rossite, MacArthur Prize Fellow 1989-1994, Marie Underhill Knoll Professor of the History of Science, Cornell University
Review of the hardback: 'Out of the Shadows gives us fascinating accounts of some of the ground-breaking achievements of women physicists and astronomers, many of whom have never received the recognition they truly deserve. It is a much-needed book. In it, a reader can learn, for example, about how Henrietta Swan Leavitt provided the first method of measuring inter-galactic distances, and how Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin, in studies of spectra from stars, discovered that most of the luminous matter in the universe consists of hydrogen and helium. Both of these were advances crucial to the development of astrophysics and modern cosmology. This wonderful book beautifully illustrates that scientific talent has absolutely nothing to do with gender.' Jerome I. Friedman, Nobel Prize in Physics, 1990, Institute Professor Emeritus, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Review of the hardback: 'A celebration of 40 women who made lasting contributions to physics ... Strong role models for aspiring young physicists, both male and female.' Nature Physics
"As this inspiring gallery of heroines makes plain, there's no such thing as female science - just female scientists, including some very great ones. Their achievements span a vast range of mathematics, physics, and astronomy. In Out of the Shadows, experts lucidly explain what they did, and the lives they led. I was mesmerized, and edified." Frank Wilcze, Nobel Prize in Physics 2004, Herman Feshbach Professor of Physics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
"This book fills a vacuum in the history of physics. For the first time we have in one place clear accounts of careers and contributions to physics of 40 distinguished women from a variety of fields. In particular, the authors are informed insiders with intimate knowledge of their fields who often provide fresh information about their subjects. Let us hope that this book will inspire physicists to include these women in their lectures and textbooks so that no one will ever again badger women students with taunts like 'What's a nice girl like you doing in Physics 55?'" Margaret W. Rossite, MacArthur Prize Fellow 1989-1994, Marie Underhill Knoll Professor of the History of Science, Cornell University
"Out of the Shadows gives us fascinating accounts of some of the ground-breaking achievements of women physicists and astronomers, many of whom have never received the recognition they truly deserve. It is a much-needed book. In it, a reader can learn, for example, about how Henrietta Swan Leavitt provided the first method of measuring inter-galactic distances, and how Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin, in studies of spectra from stars, discovered that most of the luminous matter in the universe consists of hydrogen and helium. Both of these were advances crucial to the development of astrophysics and modern cosmology. This wonderful book beautifully illustrates that scientific talent has absolutely nothing to do with gender. Jerome I. Friedma, Nobel Prize in Physics, 1990, Institute Professor Emeritus, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
"Out of the Shadows celebrates the achievements of 40 femmes d'esprit,women physicists who worked in the 20th century...The book is filled with unexpected gems." Karen A. Frenkel, Scientific American
"...is an important contribution to the history of science...Cambridge University Press produced a beautiful 500-page volume...It cannot be read without a sense of regret at what the world lost by not having greater involvement of women in science." Andrew Millis, Columbia University
"A valuable complement to recent work for students on women in the physical sciences." Choice
"The book's essays, written by various academics from physics and chemistry, highlight the women's accomplishments, provide brief biographies, and suggest further readings." ScienceNews
"...Out of the Shadows is a worthwhile contribution to the overall story of the rise of modern physics." Adrea K. Dobson, Physics Today
"Women in...male-dominated fields often have made significant contributions. Out of the Shadows presents 40 women physicists who did just that between 1876 and 1976. The stories of these women's lives are fascinating." Margaret Reilly, Association for Women in Science, Spring 2007

Foreword
Introduction
Hertha Aryton 1854-1923
Margaret Maltby 1860-1944
Agnes Pockels 1862-1935
Marie Curie 1867-1934
Henrietta Leavitt 1868-1921
Harriet Brooks 1876-1933
Lise Meitner 1878-1968
Emmy Noether 1882-1935
Inge Lehmann 1888-1993
Marietta Blau 1894-1970
Hertha Sponer 1895-1968
Irene Joliot-Curie 1897-1956
Katherine Burr Blodgett 1898-1979
Cecilia Payne Gaposchkin 1900-1979
Mary Cartwright 1900-1998
Bertha Jeffreys 1903-1999
Kathleen Yardley Lonsdale1903-1971
Maria Goeppert Mayer 1906-1972
Helen Megaw 1907-2002
Yvette Cauchois 1908-1999
Marguerite Perey 1909-1975
Dorothy Crowfoot Hodgkin 1910-1994
Gertrude Scharff Goldhaber 1911-1998
Chien Shiung Wu 1912-1997
Margaret E. Burbidge 1919
Phyllis Freier 1921-1992
Rosalyn S. Yalow 1921
Esther Conwell 1922
Cecile Dewitt-Morette 1922
Yvonne Choquet-Bruhat 1923
Vera Rubin 1928
Mildred S. Dresselhaus 1930
Myriam Sarachik 1933
Juliet Lee-Franzini 1933
Helen T. Edwards 1936
Mary K. Gaillard 1939
Renata Kallosh 1943
Jocelyn Bell Burnell 1943
Gail G. Hanson 1947
San Lan Wu
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ISBN: 9780521169622
ISBN-10: 0521169623
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 498
Published: 23rd December 2010
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 2.8
Weight (kg): 0.72