Women's Contributions to Mathematics

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Women's Contributions to Mathematics Women in the world of mathematics is a subject that people rarely hear about. The only time people do is if it’s a female math teacher. But what many do not know is that women have made extremely important contributions to the world of mathematics. Women have been documented to be involved in mathematics, since as early as the fifth century A.D. Women such as Hypatia, Maria Gaetana Agnesi, Sophie Germain, Emmy Noether, Ruth Moufang and Sun-Yung Alice Chang. These women have lived through difficult times such as women’s oppression, the French Revolution, World War I and II, which included Hitler’s administration over women’s schooling, and social prejudices. This did not stop their yearning for math though. These women combined have earned many different awards, specifically ones usually given to men. They have conquered the biases people have had towards them and made what they do best count. Many of their theorems and equations are still used today, and some are even being perfected by others. It is important that the reader realizes that educating children about women in mathematics is important. Many children think of mathematicians as men, and that is totally untrue. That thought could possibly contribute to the fact that women are less likely to enter the mathematics field compared to men. This is because they are not educated properly on the subject, and are not given the opportunity to excel. There are many more women in mathematics then mentioned above, but the ones named are very important to the field and children need to know that. By taking these 6 women’s contributions and focusing on how they apply to the middle school curriculum would... ... middle of paper ... ...ww-groups.dcs.st-and.ac.uk/~history/Mathematicians/Chang.html [6 March 2000]. Singh, Simon. (no date). Math’s Hidden Women. [Online]. Available: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/proof/germain.html [1 March 2000]. Swift, Amanda. (revised in 1997). Sophie Germain. Agnes Scott College [Online]. Available: http://www.agnesscott.edu/lriddle/women/germain.htm [1 March 2000]. Taylor, Mandie. (1995). Emmy Noether. Agnes Scott College [Online]. Available: http://www.agnesscott.edu/lriddle/women/noether.htm [2 February 2000]. Unlu, Elif. (1995). Maria Gaetana Agnesi. Agnes Scott College [Online]. Available: http://www.agnesscott.edu/lriddle/women/agnesi.htm [1 March 2000]. Weisstein, Eric. (1996-2000). Riemannian Geometry. Wolfram Research Inc. [Online]. Available: http://www.mathworld.wolfram.com/RiemannianGeometry/html [7 March 2000].
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