A Convergence of Lives: Sofia Kovalevskaia - Scientist, by Ann Koblitz

By Ann Koblitz

To inaugurate a brand new sequence, Lives of ladies in technological know-how, Rutgers college Press is reissuing this much-acclaimed biography of Sofia Kovalevskaia, the popular nineteenth-century mathematician, author, and revolutionary.

Sofia Kovalevskaia's curiosity in arithmetic used to be roused at an early age--her attic nursery have been wallpapered with lecture notes for a direction on calculus. She spent hours learning the mysterious partitions, attempting to determine which web page from the subsequent. Kovalevskaia (1850-1891) grew to become the single girl mathematician whose identify all mathematicians realize, due to her contributions to mathematical research. certainly, she was once the 1st specialist girl scientist to win foreign eminence in any box: the 1st lady doctorate in arithmetic, the 1st to carry a chair in arithmetic, the 1st to sit down at the editorial board of an immense clinical journal.

She was once additionally an comprehensive author, a proponent of women's rights and schooling, a spouse and mom in an unconventional marriage, and a champion of radical political motives in Russia and Western Europe--a good friend and correspondent of Dostoyevsky, Chekhov, George Eliot, Kropotkin, Helmholtz, and Darwin. This sympathetic portrait of a impressive lady will entice any reader, non-mathematicians and mathematicians alike.

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