Women in the History of Philosophy and Sciences

Against All Odds

Women’s Ways to Mathematical Research Since 1800

Editors: Kaufholz-Soldat, Eva, M.R. Oswald, Nicola (Eds.)

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  • Explores the origins and growth of women’s role in the mathematics community
  • Recounts the evolution of women’s experience from being “singular” to “normal” 
  • Employs a variety of historiographical methods
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This book presents an overview of the ways in which women have been able to conduct mathematical research since the 18th century, despite their general exclusion from the sciences. Grouped into four thematic sections, the authors concentrate on well-known figures like Sophie Germain and Grace Chisholm Young, as well as those who have remained unnoticed by historians so far. Among them are Stanisława Nidodym, the first female students at the universities in Prague at the turn of the 20th century, and the first female professors of mathematics in Denmark. Highlighting individual biographies, couples in science, the situation at specific European universities, and sociological factors influencing specific careers from the 18th century to the present, the authors trace female mathematicians’ status as it evolved from singular and anomalous to virtually commonplace.

The book also offers insights into the various obstacles women faced when trying to enter perhaps the “most male” discipline of all, and how some of them continue to shape young girls’ self-perceptions and career choices today. Thus, it will benefit scholars and students in STEM disciplines, gender studies and the history of science; women in science, mathematics and at institutions, and those working in mathematics education.


About the authors

Eva Kaufholz-Soldat studied Mathematics and the History of Science at Hamburg University. Having earned her Ph.D. from Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz with a dissertation on the reception of the Russian mathematician Sofya Kovalevskaya (1850–1891), she is now both head of the Writing Center for the Natural Sciences and Mathematics and a researcher, focusing on women in mathematics at the turn of the 20th century, at Goethe University, Frankfurt.
Nicola Oswald graduated from the University of Wurzburg with a dissertation in Number Theory. She is currently investigating the history of modern mathematics, in particular with regard to Adolf Hurwitz, at the University of Wuppertal. In 2017/18 she was a Guest Professor for Mathematics and Gender at the University of Hannover.  

Table of contents (10 chapters)

Table of contents (10 chapters)
  • Internationality: Women in Felix Klein’s Courses at the University of Göttingen (1893–1920)

    Pages 9-38

    Tobies, Renate

  • Academic Education for Women at the University of Würzburg, Bavaria

    Pages 39-71

    Spieß, Katharina

  • Women and Mathematics at the Universities in Prague

    Pages 73-111

    Bečvářová, Martina

  • Grace Chisholm Young, William Henry Young, Their Results on the Theory of Sets of Points at the Beginning of the Twentieth Century, and a Controversy with Max Dehn

    Pages 121-132

    Mühlhausen, Elisabeth

  • Emma S. and Wladimir S. Woytinsky: An Unusual Couple in Statistics

    Pages 133-150

    Vogt, Annette B.

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Against All Odds
Book Subtitle
Women’s Ways to Mathematical Research Since 1800
Editors
  • Eva Kaufholz-Soldat
  • Nicola M.R. Oswald
Series Title
Women in the History of Philosophy and Sciences
Series Volume
6
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-47610-6
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-47610-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-47609-0
Series ISSN
2523-8760
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXI, 319
Number of Illustrations
11 b/w illustrations, 10 illustrations in colour
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