Headstrong : 52 Women Who Changed Science-And the World
by Rachel Swaby
Editor: Broadway Books (A Division of Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group Inc)
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Fifty-two inspiring and insightful profiles of the most brilliant women scientists in historyIn 2013, the New York Times published a death notice for Yvonne BrillHe started: “She made an average beef stroganoff, followed by her husband’s employment, and took eight years off work to raise her three children”It was not until the second paragraph that readers discovered why Time devoted several hundred words to his life: Brill was a brilliant scientist who invented a propulsion system to keep communication satellites in orbit, and was recently awarded the National Medal for Technology and InnovationAmong the issues the death notices–and therefore outcry–invited were, Who are today’s role models, women scientists, and where can we find stories that cast them into their true lightStubborn offers a powerful, comprehensive, and engaging responseCovering Nobel Prize winners and great innovators, as well as other lesser known but very significant scientists who have an influence on our daily lives, Rachel Swaby animated with profiles span centuries of courageous thinkers and illustrate how each of the ideas developed, from their first moment of scientific engagement through research and discovery for which they are best knownThis fascinating journey reveals 52 women at their best while encouraging and inspiring a new generation of girls to put on their gowns.
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