By Ann Koblitz
To inaugurate a brand new sequence, Lives of ladies in technological know-how, Rutgers collage 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 were wallpapered with lecture notes for a direction on calculus. She spent hours learning the mysterious partitions, attempting to work out which web page from the following. Kovalevskaia (1850-1891) turned the one 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 foreign eminence in any box: the 1st lady doctorate in arithmetic, the 1st to carry a chair in arithmetic, the 1st to take a seat at the editorial board of an immense medical journal.
She was once additionally an comprehensive author, a proponent of women's rights and schooling, a spouse and mom in an unconventional marriage, and a champion of radical political factors in Russia and Western Europe--a buddy and correspondent of Dostoyevsky, Chekhov, George Eliot, Kropotkin, Helmholtz, and Darwin. This sympathetic portrait of a notable 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