Her Space, Her Time
How Trailblazing Women Scientists Decoded the Hidden Universe
272 pp., 6 x 9 in, 34 b&w illus.
- Published: October 17, 2023
- Publisher: The MIT Press
- Rights: not for sale in Canada or on the Indian subcontinent
An exciting new title in the vein of Hidden Figures, which tells the inspiring stories of long-overlooked women physicists and astronomers who discovered the fundamental rules of the universe and reshaped the rules of society.
Women physicists and astronomers from around the world have transformed science and society, but the critical roles they played in their fields are not always well-sung. Her Space, Her Time, authored by award-winning quantum physicist Shohini Ghose, brings together the stories of these remarkable women to celebrate their indelible scientific contributions.
In each chapter of the book, Ghose explores a scientific topic and explains how the women featured in that chapter revolutionized that area of physics and astronomy. In doing so, she also addresses particular aspects of women's experiences in physics and astronomy: in the chapter on time, for instance, we learn of Henrietta Leavitt and Margaret Burbidge, who helped discover the big bang and the cosmic calendar; in the chapter on space exploration, we learn of Anigaduwagi (Cherokee) aerospace scientist Mary Golda Ross, who helped make the Moon landings possible; and in the chapter on subatomic particles, we learn of Marietta Blau, Hertha Wambacher, and Bibha Chowdhuri, who contributed to the discovery of the building blocks of the universe, and, in doing so, played a crucial role in determining who gets to do physics today.
Engaging, accessible, and timely, Her Space, Her Time is a collective story of scientific innovation, inspirational leadership, and overcoming invisibility that will leave a lasting impression on any reader curious about the rule-breakers and trendsetters who illuminated our understanding of the universe.
Some of the featured women scientists in the book
• Williamina Fleming
• Annie Jump Cannon
• Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin
• Antonia Maury
• Henrietta Leavitt
• Margaret Burbidge
• Mary Golda Ross
• Dilhan Eryurt
• Claudia Alexander
• Joyce Neighbors
• Navajo women of Shiprock
• Harriet Brooks
• Marie Curie
• Lise Meitner
• Marietta Blau
• Hertha Wambacher
• Bibha Chowdhuri
• Wu Chien-Shiung
• Women of the Manhattan Project
• Vera Rubin
“This carefully researched collection of important scientific contributions by women will inspire a new generation of young women to consider a career in science.”
Arthur B. McDonald, winner of the Nobel Prize in Physics; Professor Emeritus, Queen's University
“An engaging and thoroughly researched work that reveals the many vital contributions woman scientists made to the space age. Even serious students of this history are sure to be surprised by the missing pieces Ghose reveals.”
Kathryn D. Sullivan, Scientist, Astronaut, Explorer; author of Handprints on Hubble: An Astronaut's Story of Invention; co-author of To the Stars! with Carmella VanVleet and How to Spacewalk with Michael J. Rosen
“Her Space, Her Time is a captivating book that honors and highlights a wonderful selection of women who broke boundaries and challenged conventions in science and society.”
Donna Strickland, Professor of Physics, University of Waterloo; co-recipient of the 2018 Nobel Prize in Physics
“This book is a vital, intimate chronicle of the indomitable women science pioneers who fought to better understand the universe. Shohini Ghose, an accomplished physicist herself, not only brings these women's stories into the light, she brings them to life.”
Chris Hadfield, astronaut and bestselling author