By Amanda L. Golbeck
Equivalence: Elizabeth L. Scott at Berkeley is the compelling tale of 1 pioneering statistician’s relentless twenty-year attempt to advertise the prestige of girls in academe and technology. half biography and half microhistory, the booklet presents the context and historical past to appreciate Scott’s masterfulness at utilizing information to assist remedy societal difficulties. as well as being one of many first researchers to paintings on the interface of astronomy and records and an early practitioner of records utilizing high-speed pcs, Scott labored on an impressively extensive diversity of questions in technology, from no matter if cloud seeding truly works as to whether ozone depletion motives pores and skin melanoma. Later in her occupation, Scott grew to become swept up within the educational women’s move. She used her well-developed medical learn talents including the advocacy abilities she had honed, in such actions as elevating cash for Martin Luther King Jr. and holding unfastened Speech circulate scholars out of penitentiary, towards coverage making that will enhance the situation of the educational team for ladies. The booklet invitations the reader into Scott’s universe, a window of idea made attainable via the truth that she stored and dated every bit of paper that stumbled on her desk.
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