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Julia: A Life in Mathematics (Spectrum) Hardcover – July 1, 1997

ISBN-13: 978-0883855201 ISBN-10: 0883855208

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  • Series: Spectrum
  • Hardcover: 136 pages
  • Publisher: The Mathematical Association of America (July 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0883855208
  • ISBN-13: 978-0883855201
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 8.1 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,315,264 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'This book, profusely illustrated with previously unpublished personal and mathematical memorabilia, brings together in one volume the prizewinning Autobiography of Julia Robinson by her sister, the popular biographer Constance Reid, and three very personal articles about her work by outstanding mathematical colleagues.' L'Enseignement Mathématique

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Julia is the story of Julia Bowman Robinson, the gifted and highly original mathematician who during her lifetime was recognized in ways that no other woman mathematician had ever been recognized. This unusual book brings together in one volume the prizewinning Autobiography of Julia Robinson by her sister, the popular mathematical biographer Constance Reid, and three very personal articles about her work by outstanding mathematical colleagues.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Paul E. Oppenheimer (peo@erc.msstate.edu) on March 14, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Constance Reid has created a gem of a book about her sister. Beginning with the information that all royalties will go for mathematical scholarships at Julia's high school, through to Yuri Matijasevich's slightly technical essay, informed with equal parts of love for Julia and for Hilbert's Tenth Problem, there is a consistency of tone that shows Constance Reid to be a true artist of book creation. The tenacity, reticence, and generosity that Julia brought to her mathematical life are conveyed to the reader in every aspect of the book. Give this to anyone who does not yet understand that the passion for truth makes fine human beings. Although it is consistently played down, the shocking discrimination against women emerges consistently throughout the book. Julia Robinson gave abundantly to the world despite illness, discrimination, and other obstacles. Her very generous spirit shines through the pages of this book. Do yourself a favor, and read this beautiful tribute from Constance Reid, Lisl Gaal, Martin Davis, Yuri Matijasevich, and the Mathematical Association of America to Julia Bowman Robinson.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Charles Ashbacher HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 17, 2003
Format: Hardcover
There have been many occasions to utter the phrase "first woman to __" in the last several decades. This book, an "autobiography" of the first woman president of the American Mathematical Society, describes the life of Julia Bowman Robinson. Set in the first person, but written by her sister, this is a chronicle of mathematics and society.
It is certain that few females, adolescent through college age, realize that only a few decades ago it was the norm that such a person would be the "only female in her junior and senior math classes." And in most of these cases "and the best student" was also standard. Pioneers come in several shapes, sizes, and genders.
Beyond this, Julia Bowman Robinson was also a premiere mathematician. However, the focus here is on the personal side more than the professional. It is mentioned that she fit one of the stereotypes of mathematicians, "having only one close friend and no boyfriends" while in high school. However, it is clear that in nearly all other ways she was a typical woman of her times.
Making herself one of the best despite many major obstacles, Julia Bowman Robinson is an inspiration to all who aspire to greatness, and that is independent of gender and profession. It is a good book for all to read.
Published in the Journal of Recreational Mathematics, reprinted with permission.
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We do not realize how Far we have come to personal freedoms. We forget how limited life and opportunities were for females.. actually we HAD none... Julia was above average and she helped open some roads for females.. We had
no idea !!!
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This is a story that every woman who excels in math should know. This lady paved the way for all women.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Helen L. Stone on August 31, 2007
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Wonderful book, well written, great photos and it gives an good look into the life of Julia.
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