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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”

Ada Byron Lovelace – (1815-1852) 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 … 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 (1780 – 1872) … 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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Sonya Kovalevsky – A Marriage of Convenience

“Ask him to marry one of us?  You’re crazy,” said Inez. “It’s the perfect solution”, replied Sonya’s sister Anyuta.  “A lot of people are doing it.  Women can’t study in Russia.  At least the aristocracy can’t. It’s considered improper,” as … Continue reading

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