## Our Lady of Abstract Algebra

Emmy Noether (1882 – 1935)

Math and Physics

Described by Einstein as one of the most important women in the history of mathematics, and influential in both the development of modern algebraic theory and modern theoretical physics, Emmy Noether is one of the most influential women in the history of science and math that, if you’re like me, you’ve never heard of before.

Born in Bavaria, when she began her university training in math in 1900 at the University of Erlangen she was one of only two women at the university, and she was not allowed to fully participate in classes. She could only audit classes with express permission of the professor. Despite the difficulties associated with being a woman in higher education, she passed her exams in 1903 and she continued studied math and physics, eventually writing her dissertation in mathematics.

Noether taught and worked at Erlangen for seven years without pay, because the university didn’t hire women for academic positions, and after she moved to Göttingen, it was another four years before she was allowed to pursue a tenure track position. It was there that she proved her eponymous theorem relating conservation laws with physical symmetry, which proved indispensable in the development of modern theoretical physics.

She worked to help develop what would become abstract algebra, an important staple of twentieth century mathematics, and was part of a central group of mathematicians who helped make Göttingen a hub for modern math in the 1920s and 1930s. Despite her substantial contributions to the field, she was never promoted to full professor and was forced to leave her position when the Nazi’s came to power and banned Jews from holding academic positions. She fled Germany for the United States, taking a position at Bryn Mawr, but died soon after, from complications of a routine surgery.

Despite never having the academic opportunities for advancement that were available to men at the time, Noether distinguished herself in the fields of theoretical physics and math, helping to develop abstract algebra by developing the theory of mathematical rings, non-commutative algebra, linear transformations, and commutative number fields. An important figure in early twentieth century math and physics, Noether overcame all of the obstacles placed before her by University administrations and earned the respect of her colleagues and students, forever changing modern mathematics.

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I never feel like I’m working hard enough, and I can’t ever tell if it’s because I should be working harder or if it’s because I have ridiculously high standards for myself…

im cackling like a motherfucker right now apple introduced a new programming language with the release of iOS 8 called Swift and it accepts Emoji as valid characters

ive been laughing at this picture without respite for a solid 10 minutes now its so ridiculous and i love it thank you apple

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if you had to drop out of a class

you are not a failureif you had to take time off school

you are not a failureif you had to leave school for good

you are not a failureyour worth is not determined by academia and this goes doubly so for disabled people and others for whom school is set against them

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itinerantpoetreplied to your post: “All I got from my misspent youth was an encyclopedic knowledge of…”:I feel like this calls for an NPR X-Men AU. Wolverine hosting All Things Considered, anyone?I feel like Cyclops would host ATC. Wolverine would host the random Canadian public radio show that gets aired at odd times.

Cyclops? I guess. Professor X hosting A Prairie Home Companion.

That sounds about right. I dislike Prof X about as much as I dislike Garrison Keillor so it works. Dazzler as the Pop Culture editor. Ice Man hosting All Songs Considered. Beast hosting Science Friday.

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**itinerantpoet** replied to your post: “All I got from my misspent youth was an encyclopedic knowledge of…”:

I feel like this calls for an NPR X-Men AU. Wolverine hosting All Things Considered, anyone?

I feel like Cyclops would host ATC. Wolverine would host the random Canadian public radio show that gets aired at odd times.

All I got from my misspent youth was an encyclopedic knowledge of certain comic books and an the ability to accurately guess any NPR program based only on the host’s voice.

I have what I’m pretty sure is a brilliant plan to write a MATLAB script that functions as virtual randomized flash cards to help with studying for my gene expression exam, but it may just be that I currently have ALL the energy because I just worked out and had coffee so it only seems like a good idea…regardless I have thirty pages of notes to get through before I can start so we’ll see if it actually happens…

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