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The Sealey Challenge Day 25: "Mathematics for Ladies: Poems on Women in Science" by Jessy Randall

I admit that I find the poems clever and witty with just hints of what these scientists' lives were like and what mattered most to them. Each one inspects an aspect of a scientist's live--a female scientist's life. The collection goes chronologically beginning with (? - ?) and then, Hildegard of Bingen (1098-1179) and finishes with Maryam Mirzakhani (1977-2017).

Some might claim "too simplistic"--but I think the slender approach works well. Small bits of time, small bits of research, small bits of history, and women, and discoveries. I admit when I find a poem that strikes me with a line that I don't understand that I want to look up the biography and the discoveries that I don't know about. These poems capture the essence of freedom, desire, power, and discovery. Powerful indeed.


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