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Headstrong : 52 women who changed science-- and the world

Author: Rachel Swaby
Publisher: New York : Broadway Books, [2015] ©2015
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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In 2013, the New York Times published an obituary for Yvonne Brill. It began: "She made a mean beef stroganoff, followed her husband from job to job, and took eight years off from work to raise three children." It wasn't until the second paragraph that readers discovered why the Times had devoted several hundred words to her life: Brill was a brilliant rocket scientist who invented a propulsion system to keep  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biographies
Collected biographies
Biography
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Rachel Swaby
ISBN: 9780553446791 0553446797 9781101890578 1101890576
OCLC Number: 886483944
Description: xiv, 273 pages ; 21 cm
Contents: Medicine --
Biology and the environment --
Genetics and development --
Physics --
Earth and stars --
Math and technology --
Invention.
Responsibility: Rachel Swaby.
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In 2013, the New York Times published an obituary for Yvonne Brill. It began: "She made a mean beef stroganoff, followed her husband from job to job, and took eight years off from work to raise three children." It wasn't until the second paragraph that readers discovered why the Times had devoted several hundred words to her life: Brill was a brilliant rocket scientist who invented a propulsion system to keep communications satellites in orbit, and had recently been awarded the National Medal of Technology and Innovation. Among the questions the obituary -- and consequent outcry -- prompted were, Who are the role models for today's female scientists, and where can we find the stories that cast them in their true light? Headstrong delivers a response. Covering Nobel Prize winners and major innovators, as well as lesser-known but hugely significant scientists who influence our every day, Rachel Swaby's profiles span centuries of courageous thinkers and illustrate how each one's ideas developed, from their first moment of scientific engagement through the research and discovery for which they're best known. This tour reveals these 52 women at their best -- while encouraging and inspiring a new generation of girls to put on their lab coats.

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