This morning I was annoyed.
I was annoyed with myself and the education I got in school.
You learn about Einstein, Darwin, Newton, Galilei, Gauss all the guys, but how many female scientists can you name?
Then again, anyone could identify Einstein on a picture, how many could do this with any female scientist?
Well I couldn't.
Anki - Learning things in minimum time
I decided that this had to change. When evaluating the different options, I decided on using Anki. Anki is a tool that uses a memorization technique to make learning more easy and efficient. It's called spaced repetition and basically serves you the piece of informationen you want to learn, right before you would forget.
The great part about Anki is the multimedia capability and the ability to share your deck of cards. So if you, like me, want to learn more about extraordinary women in science, I've got something special for you:
Check out this Anki deck about 77 women in science with the following information:
- Greatest Contributions
- Notable Awards
This information includes the few Novel Prize laureates and many women across the ages that really did something awesome.
Learn about the tragic Rosalind Franklin and the discovery of the double helix structure of our DNA. Find out who has determined that the Earth's core actually has an idea and an outer part (spoiler: it's Inge Lehmann). And many more surprising and great contributions you can now connect to a face.
Why this information?
Maybe I should add a few words as to why I included the information I chose. The name and field are pretty obvious I think. Also adding the greatest contribution seems straight forward.
Why did I include a picture? For one reason it's better for memorization, but on the other hand I can identify a lot of scientists by face. When someone writer down E=mc2 I will almost immediately image Einstein wish his tongue out.
How about nationality? I intended this repository for others to build on, so contributions from around the globe would be nice, now it's very focused on the western world which is just another problem of privilege. Hopefully this will change as well.
The notable Awards are another piece of discussion, but I think they tell a very distinct story. Check out Franklin and tell me why a woman involved in the discovery of the DNA structure only has posthumous honors.
Information I did not include were date of birth or death, spouses, children as well as alma mater or academic advisor. This isn't per sé irrelevant information, but for the purpose of learning some quick information about women in science it's just specialized knowledge. I measured the importance at the example of Einstein and the other guys I know about. I don't know their date of living nor do I know their spouses or scientific affiliations. Also I really wanted to avoid the subtle sexism that would be present if I presented a stack of cards about women in science and you would start learning about their "oh so important"-spouse. In case you really want to learn this information about a certain person, Wikipedia is right around the corner.
Tell me what piece of information you found surprising.
Tell me which outstanding women in science are missing.
I would be very happy to expand the deck!