In the sixth episode of Literary Canon Ball we discuss Margaret Wertheim's Pythagoras' Trousers: God, Physics, and the Gender Wars.
What would the world look like if women had had access to and been welcome in the scientific realm from the beginning? The mind boggles. This is not a question Australian scientist and science journalist, Margaret Wertheim really attempts to answer in ‘Pythagoras’ Trousers: God, Physics and the Gender Wars’ but it is a question you’ll be left with after reading.
Published in 1997, ‘Pythagoras’ Trousers’ is a cultural and social history of physics—from ancient Greece to the renaissance to now, or at least now twenty years ago—that does attempt to forge links between physics and religion and the barriers this link served up to women.
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