By Gabriella Bernardi

Taking suggestion from Siv Cedering’s poem within the kind of a fictional letter from Caroline Herschel that refers to “my lengthy, misplaced sisters, forgotten within the books that list our science”, this publication tells the lives of twenty-five girl scientists, with particular recognition to astronomers and mathematicians. all of the awarded biographies is prepared as one of those "personal file" which units the biographee’s existence in its historic context, records her major works, highlights a few curious evidence, and files citations approximately her. the chosen figures are one of the so much consultant of this overlooked global, together with such luminaries as Hypatia of Alexandra, Hildegard of Bingen, Elisabetha Hevelius, and Maria Gaetana Agnesi. They span a interval of approximately 4000 years, from En HeduAnna, the Akkadian princess, who used to be one of many first famous woman astronomers, to the sunrise of the period of recent astronomy with Caroline Herschel and Mary Somerville. The booklet might be of curiosity to all who desire to study extra in regards to the girls from antiquity to the 19th century who performed such key roles within the historical past of astronomy and technology regardless of residing and dealing in mostly male-dominated worlds.

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