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Wertheim, Margaret

Works: 63 works in 156 publications in 6 languages and 3,263 library holdings
Genres: History  Educational films  Internet videos  Exhibition catalogs  Popular works  Documentary films  Filmed lectures  Miscellanea 
Roles: Author, Host
Classifications: QC19.6, 306.45
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Margaret Wertheim
Pythagoras' trousers : God, physics, and the gender wars by Margaret Wertheim( Book )

25 editions published between 1995 and 1997 in English and Italian and held by 1,004 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In Pythagoras' Trousers, science writer Margaret Wertheim offers an astute social and cultural history of physics, from ancient Greece to our own time. Wertheim demonstrates that from its inception, physics has been an overwhelmingly male-dominated activity and continues to be so today. But what, she asks, would the world look like - what could the world look like - if men and women worked side by side in shaping the physics of the future?" "Wertheim puts forward the startling hypothesis that gender inequity in physics is a result of the religious origins of the enterprise. Physics, she reveals, is a science based on a conception of God as a divine mathematical creator. For most of its history, it has been intimately entwined with the institutions of Christianity, and in line with those institutions has historically been closed to women. Furthermore, physicists' world picture has evolved from a deeply "masculine" perspective." "Wertheim shows that the battle women faced to break into science parallels the battle they faced to break into the clergy; physics has become the Catholic church of science. Even now, women have made tremendous strides in the social and biological sciences, yet they remain chronically underrepresented in physics. Why is this so? Wertheim argues that a crucial factor behind this inequity is the continuing religious undercurrent in contemporary physics." "At a time when we are witnessing a resurgence of interest in physics and the divine - Stephen Hawking suggests that his science is a quest for "the mind of God"--There is a need to take a closer look at the ongoing relationship between physics and faith, and to examine the implications of that relationship for both sexes."--Jacket
The pearly gates of cyberspace : a history of space from Dante to the Internet by Margaret Wertheim( Book )

28 editions published between 1999 and 2000 in English and held by 913 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Tracing the combined story of physical and spiritual space from the Middle Ages to the present, Wertheim reveals the appeal of cyberspace and its ultimate failure to satisfy one's spiritual needs. The author argues that cyberspace has in recent years become a repository for immense spiritual yearning. Seeking to understand this phenomenon, she traces the evolution of our conception of space from the medieval to the modern viewpoint and explores how our conception of our spatial scheme has radically altered over the years. She then brings science and theology together, showing that the spiritualizing of cyberspace fits into a long history of imagined spaces and may be seen as an attempt to realize a technological version of the Christian space of heaven
Physics on the fringe : smoke rings, circlons, and alternative theories of everything by Margaret Wertheim( Book )

9 editions published between 2011 and 2013 in English and held by 640 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In 1993, Jim Carter, a trailer park owner in Enumclaw, Washington, sent out to a select group of scientists a letter announcing the publication of a book in which he proposed a complete alternative theory of physics. Gravity and matter, the periodic table, and the creation of the universe-all these Carter explained through wildly creative ideas perfected through backyard experiments using garbage cans and a disco fog machine to make giant smoke rings. For the past fifteen years, acclaimed science writer Margaret Wertheim has been collecting the works of Jim Carter and other mavericks and outsiders who invent alternate theories of the universe. By considering the motivations behind their do-it-yourself theories and homemade experiments, Wertheim raises the question of what role an amateur can play in relationship to science. Deeply human, literally fantastical, infused with wit and humor, Physics on the Fringe challenges our conception of what science is, how it works, and who it is for"--
Crochet coral reef : a project by Margaret Wertheim( Book )

1 edition published in 2015 in English and held by 91 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Now perhaps the world's largest participatory art and science project, the Crochet Coral Reef combines mathematics, marine biology, environmental consciousness-raising and community art practice. Almost 8,000 people around the world have contributed to making an ever-evolving archipelago of giant woolen seascapes, which have been exhibited at the Hayward Gallery, the Smithsonian and many other venues. This fully illustrated book, written by the project's creators--Margaret and Christine Wertheim of the Institute For Figuring--brings together the scientific and mathematical content behind the project, along with essays about the artistic and cultural resonances of this unique experiment in radical craft practice. With a wealth of color illustrations, the book serves as a record of the 30-plus Crochet Reefs worldwide and names all 7,000-plus contributors in a specially designed section."--Amazon
Faith and reason( Visual )

4 editions published between 1998 and 2004 in English and held by 87 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Documentary about the interaction between science and religion, both historical and today. Interviews with leading scientists and theologians explore the history of the relationship between these two fields and their views on history, evolution, genetics, cosmology, purpose, technology, and the future, and reveal that for most of history science and religion have been deeply entwined. Looks at a growing worldwide movement of scientists and theologians who believe that faith and reason can support one another
Patricia Piccinini : we are family by Patricia Piccinini( Book )

4 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 57 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An alternative guide to the universe : mavericks, outsiders, visionaries by Margaret Wertheim( Book )

2 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 44 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This text surveys work that creates unexpected possibilities in art, science and architecture, possibilities so profound that they suggest an alternate reality. Many of the featured practitioners investigate larger systems of knowledge in their work, while others develop particular disciplines and art forms in unexpected and idiosyncratic directions
Kong jian di tu : cong dan ding de kong jian dao wang lu de kong jian by Margaret Wertheim( Book )

2 editions published in 1999 in Chinese and held by 38 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ben shu cong guang yi de wen hua bei jing pou xi dian nao kong jian, bing zhan kai zhong shi ji yi lai kong jian gai nian de li shi zhi lu. cong zhong shi ji wu zhi kong jian, ling zhi kong jian de er yuan bing cun, jin zhan zhi xian jin ke xue jie du da wu zhi kong jian de yi yuan lun. wang lu kong jian bei ling zhi hua, yan ran yi cheng wei xin de kong jian qu shi, ye wei xian dai ren ti gong liao wu zhi kong jian wai de ling yi xin ling qu chu
Beyond 2000 : a window on the future : text by Margaret Wertheim( Book )

1 edition published in 1986 in English and held by 29 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A field guide to hyperbolic space : an exploration of the intersection of higher geometry and feminine handicraft by Margaret Wertheim( Book )

4 editions published between 2005 and 2007 in English and held by 20 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Although the properties of hyperbolic space were known for 200 years, it was only in 1997 that mathematician Daina Taimina worked out how to make physical models of it. The method she used was crochet. In this book, Margaret Wertheim presents a brief history of hyperbolic space in mathematics and nature, and offers a "field guide" to its crocheted manifestations
De hemelpoort van cyberspace : een geschiedenis van de ruimte van Dante tot Internet by Margaret Wertheim( Book )

3 editions published between 2000 and 2001 in Portuguese and Dutch and held by 17 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Overzicht van de ontwikkelingsgang van het ruimtebesef
The tourist's interpreter in english and german, containing a vocabulary, elementary phrases by Margaret Wertheim( Book )

6 editions published between 1856 and 1878 in English and held by 11 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

De broek van Pythagoras : god, fysica en de strijd tussen de seksen by Margaret Wertheim( Book )

1 edition published in 1997 in Dutch and held by 10 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Beschrijving van de sociale en culturele geschiedenis van de fysica, van de Griekse oudheid tot heden. Auteur ziet de religieuze oorsprong van natuurwetenschap als verklaring voor het feit dat natuurkunde vanaf het begin een door mannen beheerste wetenschap is
Magnets and electricity( Visual )

4 editions published in 1987 in English and held by 9 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Magnets and electricity: pt. 1. Magnet magic -- pt. 2. Electro-magnetism -- pt. 3. Electricity and Electro-chemistry -- Safety in the laboratory: an introduction to laboratory safety for secondary school students. Demonstrates correct techniques for using bunsen burners, pouring liquids and heating substances
Beyond 2000 : a window on the future( Book )

1 edition published in 1986 in English and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Catalyst( Visual )

2 editions published in 1990 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Episode 5: Yakkety-yak: This episode examines the current revolution in communications technology and the variety of uses of the no-longer-so-humble telephone. It introduces the concept of digital communications and highlights some unusual examples of international networking via computers. This program considers the increasing globalism of communications, including television, and the profound effects on our society. -- Episode 6: The language of life: Genetic engineering is one of the most important and powerful technologies we have developed. The final episode looks at the far-reaching potential of this technology. It introduces the viewer to the fundamental concepts of genetic theory and evolution and then considers how modern discoveries are enabling us to alter the course of more than three billion years of natural selection. The program asks the viewer to consider what kind of society we want to live in and to what uses we want science and future technologies to be applied.f Account 8
Kurzgefaßtes Lehrbuch der englischen Sprache : enth. d. wichtigsten Regeln d. Ausspr. u. Grammatik sowie Beisp. ... by Margaret Wertheim( Book )

1 edition published in 1865 in German and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

German familiar stories and fables : selected from different authors, with explanatory notes to assist in the translation by Margaret Wertheim( Book )

3 editions published in 1847 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Kong jian di tu : cong Danding de kong jian dao wang lu de kong jian = The pearly gates of cyberspace by Margaret Wertheim( Book )

2 editions published in 1999 in Chinese and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Tutti pazzi per la fisica : anelli di fumo, circloni e teorie alternative del tutto by Margaret Wertheim( Book )

1 edition published in 2013 in Italian and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Pythagoras' trousers : God, physics, and the gender wars
Alternative Names
Margaret Wertheim australische Wissenschaftsjournalistin

Margaret Wertheim écrivaine australienne

Margaret Wertheim escritora australiana

Margaret Wertheim natuurkundige uit Australië

Wertheim, Margaret 1958-

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The pearly gates of cyberspace : a history of space from Dante to the InternetPhysics on the fringe : smoke rings, circlons, and alternative theories of everything