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1st Edition

Women in Science
A Social and Cultural History

ISBN 9780415253079
Published July 18, 2007 by Routledge
320 Pages

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Book Description

The first book of its kind to provide a full and comprehensive historical grounding of the contemporary issues of gender and women in science.

Women in Science includes a detailed survey of the history behind the popular subject and engages the reader with a theoretical and informed understanding with significant issues like science and race, gender and technology and masculinity.

It moves beyond the historical work on women and science by avoiding focusing on individual women scientists.

Table of Contents

1. Science, gender and education 2. Discovering women in science and education 3. Knowledge and power in ancient Alexandria 4. Obedient servants of God and man 5. Science, gender and the beginnings of modernism 6. Education in science and the science of education in the long eighteenth century 7. An older and newer world: networks of science in nineteenth century England 8. Science comes of age 9. The significance of gender and identity

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Ruth Watts is Professor of History of Education at the University of
Birmingham. Her research interests are in the history of education and
gender and publications include Gender, Power and the Unitarians in
England, 1760-1860.


'An essential resource for student assignments.' - BBC History Magazine

'Recommended. Undergraduates.'- CHOICE

'Watts has provided an invaluable resource...She sysnthesises the significant literature, adds new knowledge and makes the whole accessible to a wide audience. This was sorely needed' - Claire Jones, University of Liverpool

'Her book goes beyond synthesis in important ways, exetending discussion and asking new questions...It promises to be an invaluable resource for many audiences' - Women's History Magazine