Date of Award

Fall 2021

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Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


History Department

First Advisor

Ahmad Shokr

Second Advisor

Bruce Dorsey


German mathematician Emmy Noether (1882-1935) is known today for her contributions to abstract algebra and a 1918 theorem foundational to many theories of physics. She is also remembered as one of the most notable women mathematicians of the early 20th century and a significant figure in the history of women in science. Due to her position as an early female mathematician, her memory has been continually gendered in the decades since her death, reflecting the ways in which the image of the mathematician has frequently been constructed as heroic and masculine.

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