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A to Z of Women in Science and Math, Revised Edition
  • Format
  • Authored by: Lisa Yount
  • From the Series: A to Z of Women
  • Trim Size: 7-3/8 x 9-1/4
  • ISBN-10: 0816066957
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-8160-6695-7
  • Status: In Stock
  • List Price: $60.00
  • Imprint: Facts On File
  • Published: 10/01/2007
  • Dewey Number: 509.2
  • Reading Level: Grades 9 and up
  • Pages: 384


Praise for the previous edition:
"This very readable collection of essays and sketches is a useful quick reference point to begin research...Recommended for general audiences."—Library Journal

"...a top-notch choice for high school libraries."—School Library Journal

"...for school and public libraries needing additional biographical information on women in the sciences, this volume is a nice young-adult tool with a reasonable price tag."—Booklist

From ancient times to the present day, scientifically inclined women in many cultures have had to battle against the traditional belief that men are more cognitively adept than women. At times throughout history, women were persecuted for their attempts to break down traditional gender barriers. Today, women scientists and mathematicians must continue to defend the quality of their work and demand the respect they deserve in the mathematical and scientific communities.

A to Z of Women in Science and Math, Revised Edition profiles 195 women who fought against these stereotypes throughout history and all over the world to forge new discoveries and theories that would eventually change the way we view science. This thoroughly revised book updates the story of each individual to the present day and features 38 new profiles. Among the profiles included are those of chemists, astronomers, geologists, environmental scientists, and a range of other professions and careers. In addition, new photographs have been added, and the bibliography has been updated. Subject indexes allow the reader to search by such professions as "microbiology" and "paleontology." Additional subject indexes organize individuals by country of birth, country of major scientific activity, and year of birth.

New profiles include:

  • Fan Rong Kung Chung, who develops mathematical systems with practical applications for electronics
  • Temple Grandin, who designs slaughterhouses that create less stress for livestock
  • Reatha Belle Clark King, who invented devices for space shuttle fuel systems
  • Nalini M. Nadkarni, who explores the ecosystems of forest canopies
  • Adriana C. Ocampo, who analyzes astronomical data to study planets and stars
  • Vandana Shiva, who defends traditional farming techniques against negative aspects of globalization
  • Maxine Singer, who researches DNA and RNA and safety standards for experiments
  • Maxine Tharp, who created maps of the ocean floor that provided new geologic information
  • Sherry Turkle, who examines the way humans interact with technology
  • Florence Muringi Wambugu, who engineers crops that are resistant to pests and viruses.


Black-and-white photographs. Index. Subject indexes. Bibliography. Cross-references. Further reading lists.

About the Author(s)

Lisa Yount is a graduate of Stanford University in English and creative writing. She has written or edited more than 50 published books, nine of which have won awards or have been included on “most recommended” lists. Her books for Facts On File include Animal Rights, Revised Edition; Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering, Third Edition; Energy Supply; and Right to Die and Euthanasia, all in the Library in a Book series.

Reviews and Awards

“The entries are informative and written in a lively, engaging style...a pleasure to read as well as an invaluable resource...highly readable and accessible...a priority choice for high school libraries. Highly Recommended.”
Library Media Connection

"...empowering...a great addition to a high school or community college library."
American Reference Books Annual

"The usefulness of this resource lies not only in the balanced group of profiles that have been assembled, providing a valuable tool for teachers and curriculum developers, but also in the readable and engaging entries themselves...this well-researched and appealing resource is recommended for high-school and public library reference collections."

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