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Friday, July 04, 2008

Alia Sabur

Ah, if I had a penny for every time someone has told me that men have a wider range of mathematical ability and that's why the tail of the distribution is naturally filled with men. So who recently broke the 300 year old record to become the world's youngest professor? Alia Sabur, a lowly woman. Thanks, Women in Science.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

"She was the youngest student to attend college, when she was 10, and four years later, the youngest woman to earn a Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Mathematics from Stony Brook University. By 18, she had her doctorate degree in Materials Science and Engineering."

I don't think you ought to call her a "lowly" woman. It's sexist.

I'm a man, so if I went around calling women "lowly", I'd be in serious trouble with biased people falsely thinking I was prejudiced against women, instead of just describing their problems in society.

Just because you're a woman, you can call her "lowly" in another sense of the word, sarcastic or ironic. I don't think that's quite fair on her. Presumably she has had help and encouragement from others during her life, relatives, friends and teachers, and that in combination with the money to do all that study and the skills and intelligence required, put her a cut above the "lowly" woman bracket.


July 05, 2008 1:45 AM  
Blogger Mahndisa S. Rigmaiden said...

07 04 08

Hello Kea:
Thanks for pointing out this link. What an extraordinary person she is! And you know that those jerkwads who don't think that women have mathematical abilities will use the statistical arguments to prove their case. She certainly is an outlier on the far right tail of the distribution...Nevertheless, those jerkwads haven't a pot to piss in because knowledge acquisition is gender independant. Hmph!

I will post pics of my son within the week btw:)

July 05, 2008 3:54 AM  
Blogger Kea said...

Hi Mahndisa! Congratulations on the birth of your son! Can't wait to see the pics.

July 05, 2008 6:20 AM  
Blogger L. Riofrio said...

I wish you had all those pennies, for sexism harms the world every day. We feel that when we work at jobs that don't use our education. When men unfairly criticise a woman's theories it is thinly disguised sexism.

Thanks to whoever suggested Kea and my blog for the "Women in Science" blogroll.

July 07, 2008 3:02 PM  

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