A Convergence of Lives: Sofia Kovalevskaia - Scientist, by Ann Koblitz

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 work out which web page from the following. Kovalevskaia (1850-1891) turned the one girl mathematician whose identify all mathematicians realize, due to her contributions to mathematical research. certainly, she used to be the 1st specialist lady scientist to win foreign eminence in any box: the 1st girl doctorate in arithmetic, the 1st to carry a chair in arithmetic, the 1st to take a seat at the editorial board of an incredible medical journal.

She used to be additionally an complete author, a proponent of women's rights and schooling, a spouse and mom in an unconventional marriage, and a champion of radical political reasons in Russia and Western Europe--a pal and correspondent of Dostoyevsky, Chekhov, George Eliot, Kropotkin, Helmholtz, and Darwin. This sympathetic portrait of a outstanding girl will entice any reader, non-mathematicians and mathematicians alike.

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