A Singularly Unfeminine Profession:One Woman's Journey in by Mary K Gaillard

By Mary K Gaillard

In 1981 Mary ok Gaillard turned the 1st girl at the physics college on the college of California at Berkeley. Her profession as a theoretical physicist spanned the interval from the inception — within the overdue Nineteen Sixties and early Nineteen Seventies — of what's referred to now because the common version of particle physics and its experimental affirmation, culminating with the invention of the Higgs particle in 2012. A Singularly Unfeminine Profession recounts Gaillard's reviews as a girl in a really male-dominated box, whereas tracing the improvement of the traditional version as she witnessed it and took part in it. the commonly nurturing setting of her early life and faculty years, in addition to stories as an undergraduate in particle physics laboratories and as a graduate pupil at Columbia college — which cemented her ardour for particle physics — left her unprepared for the problems that she faced as a moment 12 months graduate pupil in Paris, and later at CERN, one other particle physics laboratory close to Geneva, Switzerland. the improvement of the normal version, in addition to makes an attempt to head past it and features of early universe physics, are defined during the lens of Gaillard's personal paintings, in a language written for a lay audience.

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