Monsters, fossils and the age of dinosaurs

Mary Anning (1799 – 1847) Mary Anning knew more about dinosaurs and their fossils than the greatest male scholars of her day. She grew up in an age when most influential scientists at the time still didn’t accept dinosaur fossils for what they were – evidence of an extinct group of species that roamed the…

Châteaux, powdered wigs & physics

Emilie du Chatelet (1706 – 1749) Emilie du Chatelet was a great mathematician and physicist at a time when few women were encouraged to continue their education beyond learning how to read. Living in the first half of the 18th century, Emilie du Chatelet was lucky to be born into nobility to have a father that…

Introduction to The Science Women

Welcome to The Science Women! The idea for this blog came about gradually. I’ve always been interested in science, and even have a graduate degree in science, but my work life took me in a different direction. My love for science, however, remains. History of science fascinates me. How do we formulate our ideas about…