Age Range - 12 and up
Genre - Biography
Pendred Noyce has written short biographies about 17 women whom most people have never heard of. These biographies are about the women’s home and early life, as well as their jobs, and finally their incredible contributions to science and medicine. If it weren’t for these women we probably wouldn’t be where we are today. Pendred Noyce also emphasizes that the sciences are dominated by men and that it is important to get women in the sciences as well. This book shows that women have just as good ideas as men and some are even revolutionary.
I liked that Pendred Noyce took on the responsibility to record the ideas of these women and to show that not only men can be scientists. I like to think that in a few hundred years people will look at this book and know that there were women who made remarkable scientific discoveries.
One thing I would have liked to see more of was the emphasis that men stole these women’s ideas and got full credit for them (some even won Nobel Prizes they didn’t deserve). It is really important when talking about this kind of thing to make sure that is clear. In the book I feel like that could have been a little more emphasized, because that is the main reason that we don’t know who these women are.
The book may be a little technical for some readers but Pendred Noyce's writing is beautifully coherent and to the point. Anyone who likes science or even enjoys a little heavier reading would deeply appreciate this book, I love science and it was an excellent complement to my previous knowledge about scientists.
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There is nothing offensive in this book. It is just about science and facts.