Katherine Johnson, RIP

Michael Siegel

Michael Siegel is an astronomer living in Pennsylvania. He is on Twitter, blogs at his own site, and has written a novel.

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10 Responses

  1. Oscar Gordon says:

    The kind of person we should be idolizing as a hero all along, rather than 5 years before her passing.Report

  2. Pinky says:

    I’ve never heard anyone say that women can’t do math. Anyone who thinks that, can’t do math – at least, doesn’t understand statistics. But women, as a group, consistently under-perform against men in math in standardized tests, are under-represented in mathematical fields, and account for only one of the 59 winners of the Fields Medal. I would encourage any female who was interested and capable in a mathematical field to pursue it, but I wouldn’t ever expect to see the gender gap disappear.Report

  3. Brandon Berg says:

    Whenever someone tells me that women can’t do math

    How often does this happen? I’ve literally never heard anyone say this.Report

  4. Oscar Gordon says:

    Seen on FB today:

    Katherine Johnson was a badass mathematician until the very end, waiting until she was 101, so she could die in her prime.Report