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John Tierney and The Mathematics of Sex

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In June, the New York Times published two articles on women in science written by John Tierney: “Daring to Discuss Women in Science” (June 8, 2010) and “Legislation Won’t Close Gender Gap in Sciences” (June 15, 2010).

In my view, these articles do not accurately represent current research.

Tierney’s June 8 article, which discusses Wai et al. (reference 60 of Ceci and Williams’s PNAS article) is discussed here. (This discussion originally appeared in the September–October 2010 Association for Women in Mathematics Newsletter.) Details of individual assertions in that article are discussed here.

Tierney’s June 15 article, which draws on Ceci and Williams’s book The Mathematics of Sex, is discussed here. (This discussion originally appeared in the November–December 2010 Association for Women in Mathematics Newsletter.) Details of individual assertions in that article are discussed here.

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Written by CK

August 30, 2010 at 1:42 pm