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Headstrong: 52 Women Who Changed Science and the World

Headstrong: 52 Women Who Changed Science and the World

作者 : Rachel Swaby

出版社 : BROADWAY BOOKS

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「一本閃耀著無限力量的自傳集」—《華爾街日報》
「Rachel Swaby將這些在科學、高科技、機械工程及數學領域的女性夢想家的成就發揚光大」—《ELLE雜誌》

精心探究52位默默無名的科學女英雄是如何改變全世界

2013年《紐約時報》的一篇訃文寫道:「她能做出最道地的俄羅斯酸奶牛肉,毫無怨言地跟隨丈夫一起工作,更為了養育三個孩子而離開她的工作長達八年之久。」她是航太科學家Yvonne Brill,她發明了衛星專用的推進器,確保通訊衛星能在軌道上正常運行,因此獲頒美國國家科技創新獎章。但這篇訃文中卻未以Yvonne對航太科學的偉大成就為重點,反而聚焦在她愛家愛子的母親角色。這不禁讓人思考,到底當今最具代表性的女性科學家真正樣貌為何?我們又能在哪些地方了解她們偉大的成就與貢獻?

本書分享多篇感動和激勵人心的故事,包含諾貝爾得主及許多默默無名卻又對科學研究極具貢獻的女性發明家。作者Swaby以充滿活力的文筆一一介紹這些女英雄,其中也包含了德國生物學家Hilde Mangold,因為她在DNA研究上的貢獻,讓她的同僚Hans Spemann獲得諾貝爾獎。本書開啟科學及跨越性別的界線,撰寫出52位女科學家感動勵志的故事,敘述她們如何被科學所吸引,如何在科學研究之路尋求突破,最終獲得非凡成就。

Rachel Swaby的作品經常在《Runner’s World》、《Wired》、《O, The Oprah Magazine》、《New Yorker.com》、《Afar》等知名網站及雜誌出現。目前為《Longshot》雜誌的資深編輯及美國馬里蘭大學健康科學系所出版的醫學期刊《The Connective: Issue 1》主編。同時曾擔任《Wired》網站的研究編輯及《Pop-Up》雜誌的發起人。


Fifty-two inspiring and insightful profiles of history s brightest female scientists. 

In 2013, the New York Times published an obituary for Yvonne Brill. It began: She made a mean beef stroganoff, followed her husband from job to job, and took eight years off from work to raise three children. It wasn t until the second paragraph that readers discovered why the Times had devoted several hundred words to her life: Brill was a brilliant rocket scientist who invented a propulsion system to keep communications satellites in orbit, and had recently been awarded the National Medal of Technology and Innovation. Among the questions the obituary and consequent outcry prompted were, Who are the role models for today s female scientists, and where can we find the stories that cast them in their true light?      

Headstrong delivers a powerful, global, and engaging response. Covering Nobel Prize winners and major innovators, as well as lesser-known but hugely significant scientists who influence our every day, Rachel Swaby s vibrant profiles span centuries of courageous thinkers and illustrate how each one s ideas developed, from their first moment of scientific engagement through the research and discovery for which they re best known. This fascinating tour reveals these 52 women at their best while encouraging and inspiring a new generation of girls to put on their lab coats.
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