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May 14, 2020 at 3:25 pm Leave a comment

Celebrate Women in Mathematics!

Happy Women in Mathematics Day!

Celebrating Women in Mathematics and Science profiles the accomplishments of twenty-two women in chronological order beginning with Hypatia (370-315) and ending with Mary Gray (1939-). The book grew out of the efforts of a group of twenty mathematics and science teachers who met together for a yearlong study of issues surrounding mathematics, science and gender. Each wrote at least one biography.

Some of the mathematicians, such as Hypatia and Mary Somerville, are profiled in other books easily available to classroom teachers. Others are not generally found in materials at this reading, for example Robinson, Gray and Rudin. Some mathematicians who you might expect to see, such as Sonya Kovalevskaya, are left out; but it is not meant to be a comprehensive volume. There is one woman of color, Evelyn Granville.

Each woman was a pioneer in her lifetime, making a difference in the world by following her own dreams. Each individual’s story is told in the context of her times, pointing out the specific challenges she faced, how she struggled with the issues of her day and how she overcame the obstacles. The portrayals are humanizing; each subject makes choices, both good and bad, in their lives. The stories relate who was influential and supportive to each woman. There is an overall theme of determination to learn and do, despite society’s–and sometimes family’s– expectations and challenges that differed from their own.

The introduction says this book is for middle school; the NCTM catalog says “all ages”. I would say middle school and up. There are descriptions of the mathematics and science done by the women, but one does not need a technical background to understand the content because its purpose is to portray the people and not the specifics of their work.

All of the illustrations are original, using a scratchboard technique; instead of the photographs one frequently sees of these women. Since it came out, I have used this book as one of the resources on mathematicians in my classroom. I recommend it as another resource for the teacher to have available for students’ use.

May 12, 2020 at 4:12 am Leave a comment

The Arborglyph


April 20, 2020 at 8:25 pm Leave a comment

The Bluest of Blues

Happy Birthday, Anna Atkins!

Anna Atkins and the First Book of Photographs

by Fiona Robinson

After losing her mother very early in life, Anna Atkins (1799-1871) was raised by her loving father. He gave her a scientific education, which was highly unusual for women and girls in the early 19th century. Fascinated with the plant life around her, Anna became a botanist. She recorded all her findings in detailed illustrations and engravings, until the invention of cyanotype photography in 1842. Anna used this new technology in order to catalogue plant specimens-a true marriage of science and art. In 1843, Anna published the book Photographs of British Algae: Cyanotype Impressions with handwritten text and cyanotype photographs. It is considered the first book of photographs ever published. Weaving together histories of women, science, and art, The Bluest of Blues will inspire young readers to embark on their own journeys of discovery and creativity.


March 16, 2020 at 3:16 am Leave a comment

On A Beam of Light

A Story of Albert Einstein
by Jennifer Berne,
illustrated by Vladimir Radunsky

Travel along with Einstein on a journey full of curiosity, laughter, and scientific discovery. Parents and children alike will appreciate this moving story of the powerful difference imagination can make in any life.


March 14, 2020 at 8:25 pm 1 comment

Travel Deep Inside a Leaf


December 27, 2019 at 8:25 pm Leave a comment


Elemental Haiku by Mary Soon Lee

October 15, 2019 at 8:25 pm Leave a comment


Elemental Haiku by Mary Soon Lee

October 8, 2019 at 8:25 pm Leave a comment

Elemental Haiku

By Mary Soon Lee


October 5, 2019 at 8:25 pm Leave a comment

Butterfly in the Quantum World

Butterfly in the Quantum World


April 2, 2019 at 8:25 pm Leave a comment

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