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Emmy Noether, the Most Significant Mathematician You’ve Never Heard Of

Some consider Noether’s theorem, as it is now called, as important as Einstein’s theory of relativity; it undergirds much of today’s vanguard research in physics, including the hunt for the almighty Higgs boson. Yet Noether herself remains utterly unknown, not only to the general public, but to many members of the scientific community as well.

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Women in science that U should know...and probably don't "I didn't succumb to the stereotype that science wasn't for girls." ~ Sally Ride Also listed: Mary Somerville, Caroline Herschel, Mary Anning, Emmy Noether, Alice Catherine Evans, Dorothy Hodgkin, Rosalind Franklin, Mildred Dresselhaus, Jocelyn Bell Burnell, Lise Meitner, Annie Scott Dill Maunder, Henrietta Swan Leavitt [click on this image to find a short link & analysis of gendered socialization & the absence of women in…

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Emmy Noether. German mathematician and physicist. Einstein called her a "creative mathematical genius".

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Emmy Noether (1882-1935) She devised a mathematical principle, called Noether's theorem, which became a foundation stone of quantum physics. Her calculations helped Einstein formulate his general theory of relativity. "It is really through her that I have become competent in the subject," he admitted.

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Emmy Noether revolutionized mathematics — and still faced sexism all her life

Emmy Noether. Amazing woman, amazing mathematician. Noether did trail-blazing work in a number of areas, especially abstract algebra. Rather than focusing on real numbers and polynomials she was interested in abstract structures, like rings or groups, that obey certain rules. She went on to prove fundamentals that now underpin modern physics: Noether's theorem states that any differentiable symmetry of the action of a physical system has a corresponding conservation law.

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Emmy Noether - worked at the Mathematical Institute of Erlangen, without pay or title, and started work on the more general, theoretical algebra for which she would later be recognized. Noether's conceptual approach to algebra led to a body of principles unifying algebra, geometry, linear algebra, topology, and logic.

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And add Oriana Fallaci to the list too - ashamed to say I don't know most of these women, time to rectify that...

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Unsung? I hardly think so

Recently, New Scientist had an article about Emmy Noether because 2015 is the one hundredth anniversary of Noether’s Theorem. I’m not going to link to it because it’s behind a pay wall. A couple of…

Emmy Noether was a German Jewish mathematician known for her landmark contributions to abstract algebra and theoretical physics.

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