Winner of: National Science Teachers Foundation/Children's Book Council, Outstanding Science Trade Book Award Full of the inspirational stories girls need for exploring a future in science Did you kw that Florence Nightingale pioneered the use of statistics in public health? That Marie Curie is still the only person to have won the Nobel Prize in both physics and chemistry-and the only winner whose daughter also won a Nobel Prize? That in the 17th century, the most accomplished scholar in mathematical astromy was a Polish woman, Maria Cunitz? That the pysicist who first explained nuclear fission was a woman, Lise Meitner?That two of the pioneers of computer science were women, Ada Lovelace and Grace Hopper? For centuries, women have risen above their traditional roles to pursue new understanding of the natural world. This book, which grows out of an exhibit at the Grolier Club in New York, introduces the lives, sayings, and dreams of sixteen women over four centuries and chronicles their contributions to mathematics, physics, chemistry, astromy, computer science, and medicine. Sweeping and inspirational, this book should be read by all girls and young women who share curiosity about the world and the dream of making a difference.
Pendred E. Noyce is a physician, an advocate for science education, and a mother of five. She has helped lead National Science Foundation education projects and helps run a foundation dedicated to math and science education. Her past books for children include the award-winning Lexicon series and several Galactic Academy of Science adventures with inset minibiographies of scientists. She lives in Boston, Massachusetts.