Knowless society

I have studied mathematics which perhaps goes to show in that I manage to intuitively pick out only mathematicians from this article about women in science. Okay, So I already knew about Sophie Germaine. Maria Gaetana Agnesi was, however, an intuitive discovery. Sofia Vasilyevna Kovalevskaya as well. Her husband went insane and killed himself. It seems to be a curse of male mathematicians (ref.: Georg Cantor). Norwegian mathematician Niels Henrik Abel also died, although not by insanity but lung disease. Maria Cunitz didn’t have a cruel fate other than gender bias.

In Sweden the number of female medical professors was around 20% in 2004 (generous estimation). This is due to a problematic shift in the number of male students, now considerably fewer than before. I don’t know if it says anything about science when Swedish Läkartidningen (”Doctor magazine”) says that many female students means that the profession needs to stay attractive in the future anyway.

Measures such as very clear application rules for becoming a lecturer or professor at Swedish technical universities have long created a heated debate on the quotation of women. Some even consider such measures an insult to women.

If you are a female mathetician, rules remedying that women have to be at least twice as good and considerably better networkers than men, may even be single-minded (but for reference, I didn’t like Wolfram Alpha as much as I liked Free Textbook on Tensor Calculus).

A society of knowledge is being constructed. Abroad. The blesséd number in triangulation of the UK Labour Party will surely, given our experiences with the triangulation of the late 1990s and the more than trihundred UK£ of increase of university fees for non-EEA students in 2004, also increase the net knowledge of the British society. Now that the number of foreign students can be decreased, and one trird of them staying in their host country will not cause the UK to ”gain from the economic benefits of having them study here, many international students stay on, providing longer-term benefits by contributing their skills to our workforce and economy,” as the New Zealand minister of immigration so amptly put it.

If you disregard the fact that I have mostly been sarcastic, the careful reader will observe that most of the news reported above are actually positive. There are more women in almost every study. Women are increasingly becoming more secure in the roles of lecturers and professors. Students benefit the economy, and on the whole there are actually quite many female mathematicians that have been and are contributing to a science usually claimed as exclusivesly male, even in grade school. What do you know? :)))

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