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Chanda Prescod-Weinstein is an assistant professor of physics and astronomy and core faculty in women's and gender studies at the University of New Hampshire. She is a columnist for New Scientist Her scientific research focuses on cosmology, neutron stars, and particles beyond the standard model. vis mere She divides her time between the New Hampshire Seacoast and Cambridge, Massachusetts. vis mindre
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New Scientist, 14 May 2022 (2022) — Bidragyder — 1 eksemplar

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Emprendiendo un viaje al mundo de la física de partículas y el cosmos, la doctora Chanda Prescod-Weinstein —una de las menos de cien mujeres afroamericanas que se han doctorado en un departamento de física— comparte en esta obra su amor por la física, desde el modelo estándar de física de partículas hasta la física de la melanina en la piel, pasando por las últimas teorías sobre la materia oscura, con una perspectiva basada en la historia, la política y la sabiduría de Star Trek. Su visión del cosmos es vibrante, nada tradicional y se basa en linajes feministas negros y queer. Así, nos insta a reconocer que la ciencia, como la mayoría de los campos, está plagada de racismo, misoginia y otras formas de opresión, y expone un nuevo y audaz enfoque de la ciencia y la sociedad, empezando por la creencia de que todos tenemos el derecho fundamental a conocer y amar el cielo nocturno, y sueña con la existencia de un mundo que permita a todos experimentar y comprender las maravillas del universo.… (mere)
bibliotecayamaguchi | Mar 7, 2024 |
This is simultaneously a book about about physics and in particular dark matter, and an account of what it's like to be a black American woman of Caribbean extraction in the world of science, and in particular in physics.

Prescod-Weinstein loves physics, and started loving physics as a child, looking up at the night sky. Later in the book, she notes that her childhood in Los Angeles gave her no idea what she was missing until later in life, when she was a working theoretical cosmologist and astrophysicist. When, in the course of the book, she's talking about physics, she's often expressing joy and excitement.

When she's talking about being a black American woman of Caribbean extraction working in physics, not so much.

Prescod-Weinstein is only the 63rd black woman to earn a Ph.D. in physics in the United States. The more challenging parts of this book to read or listen to, but also very educational, are the parts where she's talking about the reality of being a black woman in science and especially in physics.

Her mother worked long hours and scrimped, saved, and did without, to send her to an elite high school where she could get the academic background and the connections to get into a distinguished college to begin her serious pursuit of a career in physics. She got a BA in Physics and Astronomy at Harvard in 2003, a master's degree in astronomy at the University of California, Santa Cruz in 2005, and after a change in research direction, her Ph.D. from the University of Waterloo in 2010.

And all along the way, she encountered obstacles that her white, and especially white male, fellow students and colleagues did not. Being assumed to be there for diversity. Being questioned on her basic competence far more. Having her ideas often dismissed, and then the same idea being accepted readily when in it came from a white man.

Being raped. She isn't graphic in describing it, and does not name the man, but that trauma put a large obstacle in being able to continue her studies and her work. She had to overcome that to continue, but the trauma isn't gone.

Among the more "routine" challenges is the fact that women in academic departments tend to be stuck with the "emotional labor" of making things work, and as the only black woman, often the only black person in any group, she's always the designated person for any minority woman to seek out, or to be referred to, when they have questions and problems that white faculty and project leaders can't address. She values that work, and believes in its vital importance, but it also takes time, energy, and intellectual bandwith she could be more directly devoting to science.

It's an interesting book, sometimes difficult, but well worth reading or listening to.


I bought this audiobook.
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LisCarey | 8 andre anmeldelser | Aug 22, 2022 |
I've read many science books, and I feel like somehow I have to like this book or be guilty of some kind of racism, but i agree with you, and from the almost 500 books I've read in the last couple of years this one while not the worst is near the bottom. It was an example of if you want to something badly enough, be it racism or another belief, you'll find it everywhere regardless of the evidence. Apparently quantum chromodynamics Is racists, as is dark matter, all created by racist white scientist, and I assume so will be black holes, if I read further. I've finished ever book i started, but I'm struggling with this one and feel like I'm the author's therapist by reading it. Most of her arguments are a stretch, such as why Caroline Herschel has to be called an astronomer not assistent, because Newton is referred to as a physicist not a natural philosopher. There are things in the world that can be improved and judging people, based on gender and race (which I agree is a bio social construct), but she seems to commit more racism and judges people in history out of their social and historical context. I for one will not read another one of her books, and stick to other author's (Neil de Grasse Tyson for example)… (mere)
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cloidl | 8 andre anmeldelser | May 20, 2022 |
This book exists at the intersection of identity politics, representation, and science. Some people may be disappointed if they're wanting just a memoir or just a book about physics. But some people will love the broader ideas this book is engaging with. One of the overarching themes is that science is impacted by the people practicing it in ways that, while not undermining science facts, still change the directions of exploration, which impacts science future.
little-gidding | 8 andre anmeldelser | Jan 6, 2022 |



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