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The Resource I died for beauty : Dorothy Wrinch and the cultures of science, Marjorie Senechal

I died for beauty : Dorothy Wrinch and the cultures of science, Marjorie Senechal

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I died for beauty : Dorothy Wrinch and the cultures of science
Title
I died for beauty
Title remainder
Dorothy Wrinch and the cultures of science
Statement of responsibility
Marjorie Senechal
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Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • "In the vein of A Beautiful Mind, The Man Who Loved Only Numbers, and Rosalind Franklin: The Dark Lady of DNA, this volume tells the poignant story of the brilliant, colorful, controversial mathematician named Dorothy Wrinch. Drawing on her own personal and professional relationship with Wrinch and archives in the United States, Canada, and England, Marjorie Senechal explores the life and work of this provocative, scintillating mind. Senechal portrays a woman who was learned, restless, imperious, exacting, critical, witty, and kind. A young disciple of Bertrand Russell while at Cambridge, the first women to receive a doctor of science degree from Oxford University, Wrinch's contributions to mathematical physics, philosophy, probability theory, genetics, protein structure, and crystallography were anything but inconsequential. But Wrinch, a complicated and ultimately tragic figure, is remembered today for her much publicized feud with Linus Pauling over the molecular architecture of proteins. Pauling ultimately won that bitter battle. Yet, Senechal reminds us, some of the giants of mid-century science--including Niels Bohr, Irving Langmuir, D'Arcy Thompson, Harold Urey, and David Harker--took Wrinch's side in the feud. What accounts for her vast if now-forgotten influence? What did these renowned thinkers, in such different fields, hope her model might explain? Senechal presents a sympathetic portrait of the life and work of a luminous but tragically flawed character. At the same time, she illuminates the subtler prejudices Wrinch faced as a feisty woman, profound culture clashes between scientific disciplines, ever-changing notions of symmetry and pattern in science, and the puzzling roles of beauty and truth"--
  • "A biography of Dorothy Wrinch"--
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  • Provided by publisher
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Biography type
individual biography
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Senechal, Marjorie
Dewey number
  • 510.92
  • B
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
QA29.W75
LC item number
S56 2013
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Wrinch, Dorothy
  • Mathematicians
  • Biochemists
  • Women mathematicians
  • Women biochemists
Label
I died for beauty : Dorothy Wrinch and the cultures of science, Marjorie Senechal
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [265]-289) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Part I. Dorothy Wrinch. 1. Prologue -- 2. Culture clash at Cold Spring Harbor -- 3. Symmetry Festival -- 4. Dot -- Part II. Logics. 5. The Wrangler -- 6. Dear Mr. Russell -- 7. The Summation of Pleasure -- 8. Scientific method -- Part III. Biology in Transition. 9. The Spicules of Sponges -- 10. Homes are Hell -- 11. Metamorphoses -- 12. The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets' Nest -- Part IV. Proteins and the Imagination. 13. Buzz -- 14. The Cyclol Model -- 5. What Is She Doing Here? -- 16. "Linus and Dorothy," the Opera, with Talkback -- Part V. The Rosetta Stone of the Solid State. 17. Crystals -- 18. X-rays and Insulin -- 19. Structure factors -- 20. Amherst College Wife -- Part VI. I Died for Beauty. 21. The Sequel -- 22. Strange Doings at Sandoz -- 23. Swan Song -- 24. Epilogue
Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
ix, 300 p.
Isbn
9780199732593
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
2012012253
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
ill.
System control number
  • ocn785874210
  • (OCoLC)785874210
Label
I died for beauty : Dorothy Wrinch and the cultures of science, Marjorie Senechal
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [265]-289) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Part I. Dorothy Wrinch. 1. Prologue -- 2. Culture clash at Cold Spring Harbor -- 3. Symmetry Festival -- 4. Dot -- Part II. Logics. 5. The Wrangler -- 6. Dear Mr. Russell -- 7. The Summation of Pleasure -- 8. Scientific method -- Part III. Biology in Transition. 9. The Spicules of Sponges -- 10. Homes are Hell -- 11. Metamorphoses -- 12. The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets' Nest -- Part IV. Proteins and the Imagination. 13. Buzz -- 14. The Cyclol Model -- 5. What Is She Doing Here? -- 16. "Linus and Dorothy," the Opera, with Talkback -- Part V. The Rosetta Stone of the Solid State. 17. Crystals -- 18. X-rays and Insulin -- 19. Structure factors -- 20. Amherst College Wife -- Part VI. I Died for Beauty. 21. The Sequel -- 22. Strange Doings at Sandoz -- 23. Swan Song -- 24. Epilogue
Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
ix, 300 p.
Isbn
9780199732593
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
2012012253
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
ill.
System control number
  • ocn785874210
  • (OCoLC)785874210

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