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I Died for Beauty : Dorothy Wrinch and the Cultures of Science

By: Senechal, Marjorie.
Material type: TextTextSeries: eBooks on Demand.Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, USA, 2012Description: 1 online resource (313 p.).ISBN: 9780199875795.Subject(s): Biochemists -- Argentina -- Biography | Mathematicians -- Argentina -- Biography | Women biochemists -- Biography | Women mathematicians -- Biography | Wrinch, Dorothy, 1894-1976Genre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: I Died for Beauty : Dorothy Wrinch and the Cultures of ScienceDDC classification: 509.2 | 510.92 Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
Contents:
""Cover""; ""Contents""; ""PART I: Dorothy Wrinch""; ""1 Prologue""; ""2 Culture Clash at Cold Spring Harbor""; ""3 Symmetry Festival""; ""4 Dot""; ""PART II: Logics""; ""5 The Wrangler""; ""6 Dear Mr. Russell""; ""7 The Summation of Pleasures""; ""8 Scientific Method""; ""PART III: Biology in Transition""; ""9 The Spicules of Sponges""; ""10 Homes Are Hell""; ""11 Metamorphoses""; ""12 The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets� Nest""; ""PART IV: Proteins and the Imagination""; ""13 Buzz""; ""14 The Cyclol Model""; ""15 What Is She Doing Here?""
""16 “Linus and Dorothy� the Opera, with Talkback""""PART V: The Rosetta Stone of the Solid State""; ""17 Crystals""; ""18 X-rays and Insulin""; ""19 Structure Factors""; ""20 Amherst College Wife""; ""PART VI: I Died for Beauty""; ""21 The Sequel""; ""22 Strange Doings at Sandoz""; ""23 Swan Song""; ""24 Epilogue""; ""Cast of Characters""; ""Appendix""; ""Acknowledgments""; ""References and Notes""; ""Index""; ""A""; ""B""; ""C""; ""D""; ""E""; ""F""; ""G""; ""H""; ""I""; ""J""; ""K""; ""L""; ""M""; ""N""; ""O""; ""P""; ""Q""; ""R""; ""S""; ""T""; ""U""; ""V""; ""W""; ""X""; ""Y""; ""Z""
Summary: In the vein of A Beautiful Mind, The Man Who Loved Only Numbers, and Rosalind Franklin: The Dark Lady of DNA, this volume tells the poignant story of the brilliant, colorful, controversial mathematician named Dorothy Wrinch. Drawing on her own personal and professional relationship with Wrinch and archives in the United States, Canada, and England, Marjorie Senechal explores the life and work of this provocative, scintillating mind. Senechal portrays a woman who was learned, restless, imperious, exacting, critical, witty, and kind. A young disciple of Bertrand Russell while at Cambridge, the f
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""Cover""; ""Contents""; ""PART I: Dorothy Wrinch""; ""1 Prologue""; ""2 Culture Clash at Cold Spring Harbor""; ""3 Symmetry Festival""; ""4 Dot""; ""PART II: Logics""; ""5 The Wrangler""; ""6 Dear Mr. Russell""; ""7 The Summation of Pleasures""; ""8 Scientific Method""; ""PART III: Biology in Transition""; ""9 The Spicules of Sponges""; ""10 Homes Are Hell""; ""11 Metamorphoses""; ""12 The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets� Nest""; ""PART IV: Proteins and the Imagination""; ""13 Buzz""; ""14 The Cyclol Model""; ""15 What Is She Doing Here?""

""16 “Linus and Dorothy� the Opera, with Talkback""""PART V: The Rosetta Stone of the Solid State""; ""17 Crystals""; ""18 X-rays and Insulin""; ""19 Structure Factors""; ""20 Amherst College Wife""; ""PART VI: I Died for Beauty""; ""21 The Sequel""; ""22 Strange Doings at Sandoz""; ""23 Swan Song""; ""24 Epilogue""; ""Cast of Characters""; ""Appendix""; ""Acknowledgments""; ""References and Notes""; ""Index""; ""A""; ""B""; ""C""; ""D""; ""E""; ""F""; ""G""; ""H""; ""I""; ""J""; ""K""; ""L""; ""M""; ""N""; ""O""; ""P""; ""Q""; ""R""; ""S""; ""T""; ""U""; ""V""; ""W""; ""X""; ""Y""; ""Z""

In the vein of A Beautiful Mind, The Man Who Loved Only Numbers, and Rosalind Franklin: The Dark Lady of DNA, this volume tells the poignant story of the brilliant, colorful, controversial mathematician named Dorothy Wrinch. Drawing on her own personal and professional relationship with Wrinch and archives in the United States, Canada, and England, Marjorie Senechal explores the life and work of this provocative, scintillating mind. Senechal portrays a woman who was learned, restless, imperious, exacting, critical, witty, and kind. A young disciple of Bertrand Russell while at Cambridge, the f

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Library Journal Review

Senechal (mathematics, emerita, Smith Coll.; coeditor, The Mathematical Intelligencer) brings intrigue and pathos to her biography of Dorothy Wrinch (1894-1976), a trailblazer in mathematics and science of the early and mid-20th century. Her struggles in the academy and her feud with chemist Linus Pauling are well documented here, as are her turbulent personal life and her work at Smith College and Cold Spring Harbor. Senechal's personal connection to Wrinch shows in her sympathetic portrait, providing insights into Wrinch's intellectual brilliance and contributions to protein structure theory and crystallography. The layperson not familiar with Wrinch's work may be confused at times, as Senechal assumes the reader is aware of many of the book's events. -VERDICT This book complements similar biographies of lesser-known and overlooked scientists, such as Brenda Maddox's Rosalind Franklin: The Dark Lady of DNA and Paul Hoffman's The Man Who Loved Only Numbers: The Story of Paul Erdos and the Search for Mathematical Truth. For those who wish to hear Pauling's side of the story there is Thomas Hager's Force of Nature: The Life of Linus Pauling. Strongly recommended for all readers interested in mathematics and science history.-Elizabeth Brown, Binghamton Univ. Libs., NY (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

CHOICE Review

Dorothy Wrinch (1894-1976) is best known for contributing the cyclol bond theory for the structure of proteins to mathematical biology. Her entire professional and personal life, though, was just as groundbreaking, eventful, and controversial as this battle between mathematicians and chemists over the character and content of crystallography. Senechal (emer., Smith College), who worked with Wrinch at Smith, tells her story in an idiosyncratic but readable style that is inspired by Nicholas Dawidoff's The Fly Swatter (CH, Oct'03, 41-1027) and Daniel Mendelsohn's The Lost (2006). In addition to reconstructing biographical details, Senechal shows how Wrinch's intellectual relationships illustrate the nature of scientific development--for instance, how the "right" or "wrong" conclusion is not always obvious and how a particular conclusion may change over time. Similarly, she demonstrates how Wrinch's personality both fostered and impeded her ability to execute the delicate navigational skills required of women building scientific careers. Wrinch interacted with many major 20th-century figures, including Bertrand Russell, Linus Pauling, and John von Neumann. The "Cast of Characters" section at the end lists 76 mathematicians, scientists, and family members, including brief descriptions of Wrinch's associations with them. A useful resource for mathematics, chemistry, and history classes. Summing Up: Recommended. All levels/libraries. A. K. Ackerberg-Hastings Smithsonian's National Museum of American History

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Marjorie Senechal is the Louise Wolff Kahn Professor Emerita in Mathematics and History of Science and Technology, Smith College, and Co-Editor of The Mathematical Intelligencer.

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