ladymercury_10: (Molly)
It is time again for that most splendid of holidays, Ada Lovelace Day!  Once a year, bloggers around the world gather to sing the praises of inspiring women in the STEM fields.  And if you are a lady-identified person in science, technology, engineering, or math, I most cordially salute you.  

I wasn't sure for a while whom or what to write about this year.  And then I thought, can we just talk for a minute about how awesome Marie SkÅ‚odowska-Curie is?  Because I know everyone has heard of her, and I know in many ways she's become not just the token lady scientist, but the token scientist, and the token chemist, and the token lots of other things.  Which in some ways is a tribute to just how amazing she was, that she as a woman scientist managed to become to many people the face of chemistry, but in other ways it makes what we know of her just a rehearsal of the facts and not really a story.

unabashed science fangirling under the cut )
ladymercury_10: (Doctor Crusher squee)
...is actually tomorrow.  I am unlikely to have time tomorrow for posting, though, so have a post now!

Anyway, Ada Lovelace Day is a blogging holiday for celebrating the women of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math).  For more information, see findingada.com.   What you're supposed to do is write about a women in one of the STEM fields who has inspired you.  There are a lot of amazing women in the sciences, and I really admire what they've done and how hard they've worked to get there.  I don't have a specific woman I want to write about, but if any of you lady scientists/technologists/engineers/mathematicians are reading this, I want you to know that I think you rock.  There are so many cool things to study, and I really admire people who find things they love enough to spend their whole lives studying and researching those things.  And especially ladies, because it's been an uphill battle for so long.  

You really do make a difference just by being there.  I've had the privilege to study under and work for two awesome lady mathematicians at my college, and I look up to them a lot.  It means so much to me to know that math is not just something men do, to have female role models in the department.  They're warm, quirky, funny, brilliant, hardworking, patient people, and it's really obvious how much they love mathematics.  And if you ever read this, MVA and LMC, I just want to say thank you.  

BONUS:  Because I love Marie Curie, Kate Beaton is a genius, and this is never not fantastic. 
ladymercury_10: (rory skience)
I am among those who think that science has great beauty. A scientist in his laboratory is not only a technician: he is also a child placed before natural phenomena which impress him like a fairy tale. We should not allow it to be believed that all scientific progress can be reduced to mechanisms, machines, gearings, even though such machinery also has its beauty.

Neither do I believe that the spirit of adventure runs any risk of disappearing in our world. If I see anything vital around me, it is precisely that spirit of adventure, which seems indestructible and is akin to curiosity.

-Marie Curie


I love Marie Curie so much.  Her whole Wikiquote page is fantastic.  

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