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Men, Women, and the Birthing of Modern Science


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Introduction: Judith P. Zinsser
Queen Christina's Metamorphosis-Her Alchemical World Soul and Fictional Gender Transformation: Susanna Ackerman
Margaret Cavendish and the Microscope as Play: Hilda L. Smith
The Many Representations of the Marquise Du Chtelet: Judith P. ZinsserSECTION II-SHIFTING LANGUAGE, SHIFTING ROLES
The Gender of Nature and the Nature of Gender in Early Modern Natural Philosophy: Margaret J. Osler
Neither Natural Philosophy, Nor Science, Nor Literature-Gender, Writing, and the Pursuit of Nature in Fontenelle's Entretiens sur la pluralite des mondes habites: J. B. Shank
Minerva and Venus-Algarotti's Newton's Philosophy for the Ladies: Franco Arato

Women and Science in the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries-Different Social Practices, Different Textualities, and Different Kinds of Science: Lynette Hunter
Joanna Stephen's Medicine and the Experimental Philosophy: Stephen Clucas
The Invisible Economy of Science-A New Approach to the History of Gender and Astronomy at the Eighteenth-Century Berlin Academy of Sciences: Monika Mommertz, Translated by Julia Baker
Princess Ekaterina Romanovna Dashkova and Women's Issues in Russia in the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries: Grigory A. Tishkin, Translated by Albina Krymskaya

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"The essays are widely dispersed geographically-a real virtue of this volume-and cover a broad range of subjects from the role of gender in early modern natural philosophy, both learned and popular, to the concept of "household science" to the work of various women philosophers, astronomers, medical practitioners, and experimenters. They bring to bear significant new research or, in other instances, a reconceptualization of an important subject."

-- Paula Findlen, Stanford University

"An original and diverse set of essays that looks afresh at the roles of women in the Scientific Revolution. These readable essays provide an excellent counterpoint to the standard narratives of the era."

-- Anita Guerrini, University of California, Santa Barbara

"Of particular value is the distinctly international and comparative perspective brought to bear in the volume.... This eclectic and provocative compilation will undoubtedly be of interest to an array of scholars teaching and conducting research in the areas of early modern history, the history of science, philosophy, and gender studies."

* Nuncius: Journal of the History of Science *

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