The Madame Curie Complex

The Hidden History of Women in Science

Author: Julie Des Jardins

Publisher: The Feminist Press at CUNY

ISBN: 1558616551

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 352

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The historian and author of Lillian Gilbreth examines the “Great Man” myth of science with profiles of women scientists from Marie Curie to Jane Goodall. Why is science still considered to be predominantly male profession? In The Madame Curie Complex, Julie Des Jardin dismantles the myth of the lone male genius, reframing the history of science with revelations about women’s substantial contributions to the field. She explores the lives of some of the most famous female scientists, including Jane Goodall, the eminent primatologist; Rosalind Franklin, the chemist whose work anticipated the discovery of DNA’s structure; Rosalyn Yalow, the Nobel Prize-winning physicist; and, of course, Marie Curie, the Nobel Prize-winning pioneer whose towering, mythical status has both empowered and stigmatized future generations of women considering a life in science. With lively anecdotes and vivid detail, The Madame Curie Complex reveals how women scientists have changed the course of science—and the role of the scientist—throughout the twentieth century. They often asked different questions, used different methods, and came up with different, groundbreaking explanations for phenomena in the natural world.

American Women Writers, Poetics, and the Nature of Gender Study

Author: Maryann Pasda DiEdwardo

Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing

ISBN: 1443848751


Page: 150

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This volume studies processes of creating voices of the past to analyze and to juxtapose, discussing the nature of the educational community viewed through feminist theory to reveal hidden ideas surrounding stereotypes, gender status, and power in the postcolonial era. The contributions brought together here explore the various facets of language to focus on metaphorical grammatical constructions, unique and specific with form and function. They interpret various works to capture the essence of style, as well as rhetorical function of basic structure of grammar, diction and syntax, in a literary work as message and meaning. Furthermore, the book also discusses useful pedagogical and theoretical processes used by the literary scholar concerning the power of writing for cultural change. As such, the book will appeal to those who wish to heal through writing. The proceeds of the book support the authors’ local soup kitchen and crisis centers for domestic abuse.

Women of the Scientific Revolution

Author: Jeri Freedman

Publisher: The Rosen Publishing Group, Inc

ISBN: 1508174792

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 112

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Women were not allowed to attend academic institutions in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, but many were highly educated and contributed significantly to understanding laws of science and nature. Many are unfamiliar with the women who were instrumental to the Scientific Revolution: the naturalist Maria Sibylla Merian; Margaret Cavendish, author of scientific books; physicist 卌ilie du Ch漮elet; Maria Agnesi, a professor of mathematics and natural philosophy at the University of Bologna; and astronomer Caroline Herschel, among others. This book explores the context of women�s involvement in the Scientific Revolution and their contributions to botany, astronomy, mathematics, physics, biology, and chemistry.

The Mystery of Evolutionary Mechanisms

Darwinian Biology's Grand Narrative of Triumph and the Subversion of Religion

Author: Robert F. Shedinger

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 1532658338

Category: Science

Page: 302

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Is Darwinian evolution really the most successful scientific theory ever proposed—or even the best idea anyone has ever had, as Daniel Dennett once put it? The Mystery of Evolutionary Mechanisms provides a comprehensive critical reading of the literature of evolutionary biology from Darwin to Dobzhansky to Dawkins, revealing this popular account of evolution to be a grand narrative of Darwinian triumph that greatly overstates the empirical validity of modern evolutionary theory. The mechanisms driving the evolutionary process truly remain a mystery more than one hundred fifty years after Origin of Species, a fact that can free religion scholars to think in more creative ways about the positive contributions religious reflection might make to our understanding of life’s origin and diversity. The Mystery of Evolutionary Mechanisms calls for an embrace of mystery, understood not as an abdication of the scientific quest for truth but as a courageous and humble acknowledgment of the limits of human reason and an openness to a fundamentally religious orientation toward life.

Marie Curie and Her Daughters

The Private Lives of Science's First Family

Author: Shelley Emling

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

ISBN: 1137102616

Category: Science

Page: 256

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A new portrait of the two-time Nobel winner and her two daughters Focusing on the first family in science, this biography of Marie Curie plumbs the recesses of her relationships with her two daughters, extraordinary in their own right, and presents the legendary scientist to us in a fresh way. Although the common image is that of a shy introvert toiling away in her laboratory, highly praised science writer Shelley Emling shows how Marie Curie was nothing short of an iconoclast. Her affair with a younger and married man drew the enmity of a xenophobic French establishment, who denied her entry to the Academy of Sciences and tried to expel her from France. But she was determined to live life how she saw fit, and passed on her resilience to her daughters. Emling draws on personal letters released by Curie's only granddaughter to show how Marie influenced her daughters yet let them blaze their own paths. Irene followed her mother's footsteps into science and was instrumental in the discovery of nuclear fission. Eve traveled the world as a foreign correspondent and then moved on to humanitarian missions. Emling also shows how Curie, following World War I, turned to America for help. Few people know about Curie's close friendship with American journalist Missy Meloney, who arranged speaking tours across the country for Marie and Eve and Irene. Months on the road, charming audiences both large and small, endeared the Curies to American women and established a lifelong relationship with the United States that formed one of the strongest connections of Marie's life. Without the financial support of American women, Marie might not have been able to go on with her research. Continuing the family story into the third generation, Emling also interviews Marie Curie's granddaughter Helene Joliot-Curie, who is an accomplished physicist in her own right. She reveals why her grandmother was a lot more than just a scientist and how Marie's trips to America forever changed her. Factually rich, personal and original, this is an engrossing story about the most famous woman in science that rips the cover off the myth and reveals the real person, friend, and mother behind it.

Lillian Gilbreth

Redefining Domesticity

Author: Julie Des Jardins

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 0813347645

Category: History

Page: 192

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Lillian Gilbreth is a stunning example of female ingenuity in the early twentieth century. At a time when women were standard fixtures in the home and barely accepted in many professions, Gilbreth excelled in both spheres, concurrently winning honors as “Engineer of the Year” and “Mother of the Year.” This accessible, engaging introduction to the life of Lillian Gilbreth examines her pivotal role in establishing the discipline of industrial psychology, her work as an engineer of domestic management and home economics, and her role as mother of twelve children—made famous by the book, and later movie, Cheaper by the Dozen. This book examines the life of an exceptional woman who was able to negotiate the divide between the public and domestic spheres and define it on her terms. About the Lives of American Women series: Selected and edited by renowned women's historian Carol Berkin, these brief biographies are designed for use in undergraduate courses. Rather than a comprehensive approach, each biography focuses instead on a particular aspect of a women's life that is emblematic of her time, or which made her a pivotal figure in the era. The emphasis is on a “good read,” featuring accessible writing and compelling narratives, without sacrificing sound scholarship and academic integrity. Primary sources at the end of each biography reveal the subject's perspective in her own words. Study questions and an annotated bibliography support the student reader.

Education of the Gifted and Talented

Author: Gary A. Davis,Sylvia B. Rimm

Publisher: Allyn & Bacon

ISBN: 9780205388509

Category: Education

Page: 534

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This practical resource presents the best ideas and practices in the field of gifted education. From planning a sound gifted and talented program to the evaluation of a program, this leading text explores contemporary program models, problems of minority, disabled, and female gifted students. Chapters on creativity and teaching thinking skills--two concepts central to gifted education--help the reader understand creative students, creative processes, and how to foster high levels of creative thinking (Chs. 10 & 11). "("Education of the Gifted and Talented, 4/e") is current and accurate. Couldn't ask for a better text." Michael F. Shaughnessy, "Eastern New Mexico University" "The authors have mastered the fine art (of) writing in an interesting and intellectually challenging manner: no small feat...I love this book!" Amy P. Dietrich, "The University of Memphis" "The comprehensiveness of the coverage for an introductory text is a major strength." Sally M. Reis, "University of Connecticut"