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Patricia Fara, "Ghosts of Women Past"

Wendesday, 21 March
cehic 14/03/2012

“Ghosts of Women Past”

Patricia Fara (University of Cambridge), seminari del Programa de Doctorat d'Història de la Ciència obert al públic.

Sala d’Actes de la Facultat de Ciències de la UAB

“I do not agree with sex being brought into science at all. The idea of ‘woman and science’ is completely irrelevant. Either a woman is a good scientist, or she is not.” This declaration of equality was made over a century ago, but there still very few women at the top levels of science. Thinking about the history of women in science can help us understand our attitudes today.

Patricia Fara is Senior Tutor and Director of Studies in History and Philosophy of Science at Clare College, and Affiliated Lecturer in the History and Philosophy of Science Department at the University of Cambridge. Some of her main publications are Pandora’s breeches: women, science and power (London: Pimlico, 2004), Sex, botany and empire: the stories of Carl Linnaeus and Joseph Banks (Duxford: Icon Books, 2003) and Newton: the making of genius (London: Macmillan, 2002). Her latest book is Science : A  four thousand year history (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009), translated into Spanish as Breve historia de la ciencia (Barcelona: Ariel, 2009).