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Il genio delle donne (The genius of women)

Il genio delle donne (The genius of women)

Foreign rights sold:
Il museo dei numeri (Rizzoli 2014): rights sold: China/Simplified Chines) - Il giro del mondo in 80 pensieri (Rizzoli 2015): rights sold: China/Simplified Chinese; Turkey. - Il dizionario della stupidità (Rizzoli 2016); rights sold: China/Simplified Chinese; Spain.


Italy’s most popular mathematician constructs a fascinating series of portraits showing the feminine contribution to science. 

A journey into science for women, but for use and consumption of an audience without gender distinctions. If anything with some brain distinction.

The first is Hypatia, an eclectic astronomer and a scholar in the cultural town of Alexandria between the IV and the fifth century, a victim of a pogrom ante litteram. Then there is Ildegarda, the visionary who sensed the importance of the body (an idea that was dangerously non-comformist in the Middle Ages), but also Madame de Châtelet, companion of Voltaire, and Sophie Germain, a friend of Gauss, both passionate about science and non-conformist women in the Age of Enlightenment.This is just the beginning of a wonderful, out of ordinary parade of women who are not the classic top models but brilliant minds that should be considered ‘actual models’ by both sexes. This parade becomes more and more crowded as it gets closer to date, thanks to the fall of the sexist stereotypes and access barriers to scientific studies over the years.With masculine admiration, Odifreddi goes through the lives, the difficulties, the blows of genius, the absolute dedication and the freedom of thought of figures such as Rita Levi Montalcini and Maryam Mirzakhani (first woman honoured with the Fields Medal), Marie Curie and the astronaut Judith Resnik, the unbeatable chess player Judit Polgár and the Chinese pharmacist Tu Youyou, Nobel Prize in Medicine. In his unmistakable style, Piergiorgio Odifreddi offers everyone stimulating and progressive reading, proving that science and mathematics are not reserved for men only.

Genre: Essays

Subject: Mathematics and pure sciences

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Year of publication: 2019

Published in: Milano

Number of pages: 288

Price: 18 euro

ISBN: 9788817141123

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Sales ranking: 2 editions in 3 months; French sample available

Il genio delle donne (The genius of women)

Piergiorgio Odifreddi

Piergiorgio Odifreddi studied Mathematics in Italy, the United States, and the Soviet Union. He taught Logic at Università di Torino and at Cornell University. He collaborates with Repubblica and Le Scienze. In 2011 he won the Galileo prize for scientific education. For Rizzoli he has published Come stanno le cose (2013), Il museo dei numeri (2014), Il giro del mondo in 80 pensieri (2015), Il dizionario della stupidità (2016), Dalla Terra alle Lune (2017), La democrazia non esiste (2018) and, with Oscar Farinetti, Dialogo tra un cinico e un sognatore (2019).