Tuesday, July 3, 2012

SHE can solve any equation!

Today's New York Times offers a tribute to Mildred Spiewak Dresselhaus, a professor emerita of physics and engineering at MIT.  The Times article, by Natalie Angier, begins with this verse from the 1948 Hunter High School yearbook:


     Any equation she can solve;
     Every problem she can resolve.
     Mildred equals brains plus fun,
     In math and science she's second to none.    
     Toward the end of Angier's conversational article, Dressellhaus offers some numbers about women in science:  "When I came to M.I.T. in 1960, only 4 percent of the students were female. Today it’s about 40 percent of undergraduates."  
     As this blog has noted earlier, women are finding a presence in mathematics but are too-seldom visible

     THANKS to poet Ann E. Michael, for alerting me to this Times article.   

Readers: I invite you to send me poems that feature math-women.  
Send to:  wow (at) joannegrowney (dot) com.  Thanks.

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