As part of the Australian Mathematical Sciences Institute’s annual Summer School, IFF director Margaret Wertheim will be talking about the subject of women and mathematics and how we can improve STEM communication to women and girls.
Date: Monday Jan 11, 2016, 11am-12noon
Location: RMIT, Melbourne Australia (Building TBA)
Margaret Wertheim has undergraduate degrees in mathematics and physics. Originally intending to become a research physicist, she ultimately decided to become a science communicator, and has spent the past 30 years pioneering new ways of creatively engaging audiences with mathematics and science. Margaret is the author of six books, including the internationally acclaimed Pythagoras’ Trousers, which traces the cultural history of the quest to understand physical reality in mathematical terms.
A specific feature of Margaret’s work has been finding ways to engage women and girls with STEM subjects. For ten years in her native Australia she wrote regular columns about science for women’s magazines, including Australian Vogue and Elle Australia. She may be the only journalist in the world to have held such a position. For ABC Australia, she also conceived, wrote and co-directed a ground-breaking 6-part television science series, called Catalyst, that was aimed at teenage girls.