Provides a comprehensive overview of the history of women in science from the late 17th century to the present
Combines original research, pivotal scholarship and a selection of case studies from significant periods
Topics covered include scientific networks; institutions; cultures of science; science communication; and diversity
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Table of contents (29 chapters)
Strategies and Networks
Making Women Visible: Institutions, Archives and Inclusion
Cultures of Science
About this book
This handbook provides a comprehensive overview of core areas of investigation and theory relating to the history of women and science. Bringing together new research with syntheses of pivotal scholarship, the volume acknowledges and integrates history, theory and practice across a range of disciplines and periods. While the handbook’s primary focus is on women's experiences, chapters also reflect more broadly on gender, including issues of femininity and masculinity as related to scientific practice and representation. Spanning the period from the birth of modern science in the late seventeenth century to current challenges facing women in STEM, it takes a thematic and comparative approach to unpack the central issues relating to women in science across different regions and cultures. Topics covered include scientific networks; institutions and archives; cultures of science; science communication; and access and diversity. With its breadth of coverage, this handbook will be the go-to resource for undergraduates taking courses on the history and philosophy of science and gender history, while at the same time providing the foundation for more advanced scholars to undertake further historical and theoretical investigation.
- Female representation
- Revisionist history
- Birth of modern science
- Women's education
- Computer science
- Laboratory work
- Scientific networks
Editors and Affiliations
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Liverpool, Liverpool, UK
Claire G. Jones
Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz, Germersheim, Germany
Alison E. Martin
University of Lancaster, Lancaster, UK
About the editors
Claire G. Jones is a Senior Lecturer in History and Philosophy at the University of Liverpool. Her principal area of research is gender and science in the nineteenth century in Britain. She is author of Femininity, Mathematics and Science, 1880-1914 (2009) and co-editor of Women and Science: Special Issue of Notes and Records of the Royal Society (2015).
Alison E. Martin is Professor of British Studies at the Germersheim faculty of the Johannes Gutenberg Universität-Mainz, Germany, which specialises in Translation Studies and Interpreting. She has published widely on translation studies, travel literature, scientific writing and gender. Her most recent monograph is Nature Translated: Alexander von Humboldt’s Works in Nineteenth-Century Britain (Edinburgh University Press, 2018).
Alexis Wolf is a Research Associate in the Department of English Literature and Creative Writing at Lancaster University. Her research focuses on women's writing of the late-eighteenth and early-nineteenth centuries, including in the areas of medicine and antiquarianism. She is currently working on her first book, which examines manuscript circulation within women’s transnational networks in the Romantic period.
Book Title: The Palgrave Handbook of Women and Science since 1660
Editors: Claire G. Jones, Alison E. Martin, Alexis Wolf
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan Cham
Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2022
Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-030-78972-5Published: 02 December 2021
Softcover ISBN: 978-3-030-78975-6Published: 03 December 2022
eBook ISBN: 978-3-030-78973-2Published: 02 December 2021
Edition Number: 1
Number of Pages: XXVIII, 658
Number of Illustrations: 16 b/w illustrations, 12 illustrations in colour