Pythagoras's Trousers: God, Physics, and the Gender War

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A spirited look at the relationship between physics and religion--and the implications for both sexes. Here is a fresh, astute social and cultural history of physics, from ancient Greece to our own time. From its inception, Margaret Wertheim shows, physics has been an overwhelmingly male-dominated activity; she argues that gender inequity in physics is a result of the religious origins of the enterprise. Pythagoras' Trousers is a highly original history of one of science's most powerful disciplines. It is also a passionate argument for the need to involve both women and men in the process of shaping the technologies from the next generation of physicists.

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Fascinating. . . . A delight to read, and highly informative.--Keith Devlin

Smart, bold, and provocative. . . . Sure to evoke even more interest than it does controversy.--Evelyn Fox Keller, professor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, author of Reflections on Gender and Science

Remarkable. . . . A fascinating journey through the intellectual history that has shaped our current post-modern, scientific, and religious culture.--J. Wentzel van Huyssteen, Princeton Theological Seminary

[An] immensely accessible tour. . . . How the physics lab became another Vatican with a no-girls-allowed sign on its door.--Susan Faludi, author of Backlash

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Margaret Wertheim is an Australian science writer now living in New York City.

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