I couldn't know less about the concept of Pi, except for the fact that it's infinite. However, what I do know for sure, is that Pi day should not be celebrated without honoring the pioneering women who made major contributions to the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) fields. Feminism and feminists have been integral to technology innovation, but somehow that history is often overlooked. Though the work of these awesome ladies had a hand in making the worst SAT subject test I have ever taken, their genius and groundbreaking work must be remembered on this day.

Because there are so many women to thank for their contributions to the STEM fields, I have only listed a few below. If you want to investigate more women that have been left out of the history of STEM, read Autumn Stanley's book, "Mothers and Daughters of Invention: Notes for a Revised History of Technology." Stanley's text is incredibly important as she works to re-write women into the history of science and technology. You can check it out here.

In honor of Pi Day and Women's History Month, here are three brilliant ladies you should know about...

1.) Ada Lovelace (1815 – 1852)

Ada Lovelace, Born Augusta Ada Byron, is an English mathematician and writer known for her work with the inventor and mathematician Charles Babbage, for whom she translated an Italian mathematician’s memoir analyzing Babbage's Analytical Engine. In addition to translating this guide, Lovelace included her own notes regarding the machine and its inner-workings. In these notes she discussed the method for calculating a sequence of Bernoulli numbers, which is presently recognized as the world’s first computer program.

2.) Sophie Germain (1776 – 1831)

Sophie Germain was a French mathematician, physicist, and philosopher. She is known for being the first woman to win a prize from the French Academy of Sciences, for work on a theory of elasticity. Also, though it was not entirely correct, her work on Fermat's Last Theorem provided a foundation for a future exploration of the subject. 

3.) Emmy Noether (1882 – 1935)

Emmy Noether, born Amalie Emmy Noether, was a German mathematician known for her groundbreaking contributions to abstract algebra and theoretical physics. At Bryn Mawr College and the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey, she developed many of the mathematical foundations for Einstein’s general theory of relativity and made vital advances in the fields of algebra and physics. In 1935, Albert Einstein wrote a letter to the New York Times, praising a then deceased Emmy Noether, as “the most significant creative mathematical genius thus far produced since the higher education of women began.”

ALSO, here is a video of a woman reciting Pi to 1337 decimal places. Incredible.

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