EMMY NOETHER: March 7th

Emmy Noether is arguably the greatest mathematician of her day. The development of abstract algebra, which is one of the most distinctive innovations of twentieth century mathematics, is largely credited to her. My Physics students should note that Noether’s theorem explains the connection between symmetry and conservation laws in Physics. When I say “exploit symmetry”, I am citing Noether. In 1915, David Hilbert invited Noether to join the Göttingen Mathematics department, against the wishes of many in his department. She was expelled from Göttingen when the Nazis rose to power and eventually found her way to Bryn Mawr.

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