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Women in mathematics : celebrating the centennial of the Mathematical Association of America

This collection of refereed papers celebrates the contributions, achievements, and progress of female mathematicians, mostly in the 20th and 21st centuries. Emerging from the themed paper session?The Contributions of Women to Mathematics: 100 Years and Counting? at MAA's 2015 MathFest, this volume contains a diverse mix of current scholarship and exposition on women and mathematics, including biographies, histories, and cultural discussions. The multiplicity of authors also ensures a wide variety of perspectives. In inspiring and informative chapters, the authors featured in this volume reflect on the accomplishments of women in mathematics, showcasing the changes in mathematical culture that resulted as more women obtained tenure-track and tenured academic positions, received prestigious awards and honors, served in leadership roles in professional societies, and became more visibly active in the mathematical community. Readers will find discussions of mathematical excellence at Girton College, Cambridge, in the late 19th and early 20th centuries; of perseverance by Polish women in mathematics during and after World War II and by Black women in mathematics in the United States from the 1880s onward; and of the impact of outreach programs ranging from EDGE's promotion of graduate education to the Daughters of Hypatia dance performances. The volume also provides informative biographies of a variety of women from mathematics and statistics, many of them well-known and others less well-known, including Charlotte Angas Scott, Emmy Noether, Mina Rees, Gertrude Cox, Euphemia Lofton Haynes, Norma Hernandez, Deborah Tepper Haimo, and Teri Perl. These essays provide compelling reading for a wide audience, including mathematicians, historians of science, teachers of mathematics, and students at the high school, college, and graduate levels. Anyone interested in attracting more girls and women as students, faculty, and/or employees will also find this volume engaging and enlightening
Print Book, English, 2017
Springer, Cham, Switzerland, 2017
xii, 405 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm
9783319666938, 9783319883038, 3319666932, 3319883038
Part I. Groups of Women United by a Historical Event, Institution, or Cultural Tie. 1. Fostering Academic and Mathematical Excellence at Girton College 1870-1940
2. Pioneers: The Pre-1940 PhD's
3. Käte Hey and Margaret Matchett
Two Women PhD Students of Emil Artin
4. Making Her Mark on a Century of Turmoil and Triumph: A Tribute to Polish Women in Mathematics
5. Toward a Documentary History of American Women Mathematics PhDs: The Doctoral Classes of 1940-1959
6. Excellence and Devotion: Black Women in Mathematics in the United States
7. Founders, Feminists, and a Fascist
Some Notable Women in the Missouri Section of the MAA
8. Celebrating the Contributions of Three Women to Mathematics Teaching and Learning
9. The Krieger-Nelson Prize Lectureship
10. Mathematics, Live! Contemporary Perspectives on a Life and Career in Mathematics. Part II. Biographies of Individuals. 11. Florence Nightingale (1820-1910): A Pioneer of Data Visualisation
12. Constance Marks and the Educational Times
13. The Two Mathematical Careers of Emmy Noether
14. In Her Own Words: The Personal Perspectives of Mina Rees
15. An Ambition to Give: Gertrude Cox's Institution Building at Home and Abroad
16. Norma G. Hernandez: A Pioneer. Part III. Education and Outreach. 17. Modern and Pure: Teaching Geometry in Early Twentieth-Century Women's Colleges
18. Using Humor to Combat Inequities
19. Teaching Students About Women and Mathematics: An Interview with Two Course Designers
20. An EDGE in Mathematics for Women: The Enhancing Diversity in Graduate Education Program
21. The Daughters of Hypatia: Dancing the Stories of Women in Mathematics