By Ann Koblitz
To inaugurate a brand new sequence, Lives of girls in technological know-how, Rutgers college Press is reissuing this much-acclaimed biography of Sofia Kovalevskaia, the well known nineteenth-century mathematician, author, and revolutionary.
Sofia Kovalevskaia's curiosity in arithmetic used to be roused at an early age--her attic nursery have been wallpapered with lecture notes for a direction on calculus. She spent hours learning the mysterious partitions, attempting to determine which web page from the subsequent. Kovalevskaia (1850-1891) grew to become the single lady mathematician whose identify all mathematicians realize, due to her contributions to mathematical research. certainly, she was once the 1st expert lady scientist to win overseas eminence in any box: the 1st girl doctorate in arithmetic, the 1st to carry a chair in arithmetic, the 1st to sit down at the editorial board of an immense medical journal.
She used to be additionally an finished author, a proponent of women's rights and schooling, a spouse and mom in an unconventional marriage, and a champion of radical political motives in Russia and Western Europe--a buddy and correspondent of Dostoyevsky, Chekhov, George Eliot, Kropotkin, Helmholtz, and Darwin. This sympathetic portrait of a striking girl will entice any reader, non-mathematicians and mathematicians alike.
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A Convergence of Lives: Sofia Kovalevskaia - Scientist, Writer, Revolutionary: Sofia Kovalevskaia: Scientist, Writer, Revolutionary (Lives of Women in Science) by Ann Koblitz