Do the Math

Clockwise from top left: Mathematicians Olga Ladyzhenskaya, Grace Hopper, Ruth Moufang, and Emma Lehmer.

We loved the Smithsonian’s “Women In Science” comic book series, so it goes without saying that we’re digging the Mathematical Association of America’s Flickr gallery of awesome female mathematicians, which was compiled in celebration of Women’s History Month.

Learn about 26 of history’s raddest, equation-slinging women, such as 20th-century software inventor Grace Hopper (pictured at top right, with the rockin’ accessories), or 18th-century Frenchwoman Marie-Sophie Germain, who secretly studied mathematics at night and, under a male pseudonym, swapped ideas on number theory with mathematical greats such as Joseph-Louis Lagrange and Carl Friedrich Gauss.

Do you work in the field of mathematics, or aspire to?


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    Dani 03/16/2011 at 5:02 pm #

    I’m in biology and bioinformatics, but I totally respect math! Thanks for sharing this, we never hear about women in math, only men like Gauss, Bernoulli, and people like that!

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    Amanda 03/16/2011 at 6:20 pm #

    How could you forget Emmy Noether?

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    Minnie 03/18/2011 at 1:44 pm #

    I aspire to be a biomedical engineer, and will hopefully be starting my education at NC State University this fall. Thanks for showing support for women in science and mathematics!

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