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Nobel Prize Women in Science: Their Lives, Struggles, and Momentous Discoveries, Second Edition (Englisch) Taschenbuch – Februar 2001


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  • Taschenbuch: 453 Seiten
  • Verlag: Natl Academy Pr; Auflage: Rev. (Februar 2001)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0309072700
  • ISBN-13: 978-0309072700
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 3,2 x 15,2 x 22,2 cm
  • Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 4.7 von 5 Sternen  Alle Rezensionen anzeigen (3 Kundenrezensionen)
  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 37.345 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)

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Since 1901 there have been over three hundred recipients of the Nobel Prize in the sciences. Only ten of them - about 3 percent - have been women. Why? In this updated version of "Nobel Prize Women in Science", Sharon Bertsch McGrayne explores the reasons for this astonishing disparity by examining the lives and achievements of fifteen women scientists who either won a Nobel Prize or played a crucial role in a Nobel Prize - winning project. The book reveals the relentless discrimination these women faced both as students and as researchers. Their success was due to the fact that they were passionately in love with science. The book begins with Marie Curie, the first woman to win the Nobel Prize in physics. Readers are then introduced to Christiane Nusslein-Volhard, Emmy Noether, Lise Meitner, Barbara McClintock, Chien-Shiung Wu, and Rosalind Franklin. These and other remarkable women portrayed here struggled against gender discrimination, raised families, and became political and religious leaders. They were mountain climbers, musicians, seamstresses, and gourmet cooks. Above all, they were strong, joyful women in love with discovery.

"Nobel Prize Women in Science" is a startling and revealing look into the history of science and the critical and inspiring role that women have played in the drama of scientific progress.

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Von Bradley Wooden am 20. Oktober 1999
Format: Taschenbuch
I was enthralled by this delightful, healing, and eye opening crediting over the wonder works of scientific endeavor made by woman--unsung heroines who did not flinch one bit from their true calling, what for all the drowning out and dumbing down of class ostracism inundating them and their sisters in their times. These Ladies are the truest measure of what is called a benchmark in the progress of humanity to wake up and rise to The Greatest Challenge: to free the mind, the spirit, the yoke of history's circumstance, to unite us in peace, recognition, respect, and unqualified defference to all who carry forth the Light. From my heart, Thank You Sharon Bertsch McGrayne! And for those for whom it is easier to quip, 'a woman's place is in the home, raising children and so forth....' I'll just add, we got BILLIONS of 'em.
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Von Ein Kunde am 6. April 1999
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Remarkable book. The lives and challenges of these women are faithfully described, not only detailing their careers but their personalities as well. These women become more than names mentioned in textbooks, and these accounts of their lives allow them to become inspiring women. The accounts have more science than an average reader would probably like (as a bio major, I loved the detail), but I can guarantee they will find this book interesting all the same. I especially liked the way the author corrected the misconception of Rosalind Franklin as given through Dr. James Watson's account, "The Double Helix."
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The book is a little heavy to read but is very absorbing. Both the science and personal attributes of the women reviewed are documented in a matter-of-fact manner with few distracting adjectives. You can easily read about one or all of the women and cross referencing of events is well done. I found it enthusing whilst doing a PhD in an area of few women. I have no struggle compared to the trials relayed in this book. Not for a light reader.
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Good reading that is well researched and inspiring 24. März 1999
Von tflapper@ozemail.com.au - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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The book is a little heavy to read but is very absorbing. Both the science and personal attributes of the women reviewed are documented in a matter-of-fact manner with few distracting adjectives. You can easily read about one or all of the women and cross referencing of events is well done. I found it enthusing whilst doing a PhD in an area of few women. I have no struggle compared to the trials relayed in this book. Not for a light reader.
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case studies in discrimination 19. Februar 2006
Von W Boudville - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch
McGrayne chronicles the discrimination faced by female scientists in the 20th century. Even by those who would eventually achieve the highest prize of the Nobel. She also includes biographies of a few women who never won the Nobel, but were acknowledged later by many to have merited it. Lise Meitner, of course. She was doubly disadvantaged. Being female and Jewish in Germany during the 1920s and 30s. The story of how Otto Hahn won the Physics Nobel shortly after World War 2 for work that he did jointly with her is well known to physicists.

Jocelyn Bell's work on pulsars is also described. Bell's advisor would later garner the Nobel for this, though Bell made the crucial observations and deductions from those.

Both these chapters can be exercises in frustration to a reader. Injustices that were never remedied. Though Bell is still alive, and so there is a chance that the Nobel committe might redress this oversight.
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In depth and inspiring portrayal 6. April 1999
Von Ein Kunde - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Remarkable book. The lives and challenges of these women are faithfully described, not only detailing their careers but their personalities as well. These women become more than names mentioned in textbooks, and these accounts of their lives allow them to become inspiring women. The accounts have more science than an average reader would probably like (as a bio major, I loved the detail), but I can guarantee they will find this book interesting all the same. I especially liked the way the author corrected the misconception of Rosalind Franklin as given through Dr. James Watson's account, "The Double Helix."
3 von 3 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich
Beautifully written 22. Januar 2012
Von Eric R. Scerri - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch
Science historian Sharon McGrayne has a way of capturing the reader's attention in the first few sentences. Take her chapter on Lise Meitner, who interestingly did not win a Nobel Prize but should have done and is therefore rightly included in this book.

Here is how McGrayne opens her chapter, "Using a private entrance, Lise Meitner entered her basement laboratory_and stayed there. A former carpentry shop, it was the only room in Berlin's chemistry institute that she was permitted to enter. No females_except, of course, cleaning women_were allowed upstairs with the men... "

In this chapter we learn of Meitner's childhood and upbringing, and her struggle to become a woman physicist against all odds. We hear about her attending lectures by Boltzmann and later Planck who became one of her supporters. Meitner's biggest discovery was to explain the mechanism of nuclear fission or perhaps to explain to Hahn and Strassmann that fission was actually taking place since they could not understand why their own bombardment of a uranium nucleus should produce something so much smaller as a barium nucleus. This was because up to that point radioactivity had only produced changes in atomic number of one or two units.

The story of Meitner's having to flee Nazi Germany is interwoven into the scientific story to reinforce this wonderful account.
The reason why Meitner was ignored by the Nobel Prize people is examined as is Hahn's refusal to attribute any significance to her contribution. This is history of science at its best with the science and human story receiving equal attention and just at the right pace.

Eric Scerri
author of "The Periodic Table, Its Story and Its Significance" and "A Very Short Introduction to the Periodic Table".
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Outstanding book about women 23. Oktober 2011
Von Batcaver - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch
I have read this book off and on over the past ten years. As an women who has worked in IT for 25 years in a mostly male dominated profession, this is a must read. There are so many questions still unanswered regarding women in technical and scientific professions, however reading these women's stories about their accomplishments, regrets and passion for their work is absolutely inspiring. I will pass this book to my two girls as they get older, in hopes of inspiring them that they can and should forge ahead no matter what.
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