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McGrayne, Sharon Bertsch

Overview
Works: 31 works in 194 publications in 9 languages and 8,912 library holdings
Genres: Biographies  History  Trivia and miscellanea  Autobiographies  Personal narratives 
Roles: Author
Classifications: Q141, B
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by Sharon Bertsch McGrayne
Nobel Prize women in science : their lives, struggles, and momentous discoveries by Sharon Bertsch McGrayne( Book )

79 editions published between 1992 and 2006 in English and Undetermined and held by 3,832 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Exploring the reasons why only nine of the more than 300 recipients of the Nobel Prize in science have been women, science writer McGrayne examines the lives and achievements of 14 women scientists who either won a Nobel Prize or played a crucial role in a Nobel Prize-winning project. Their stories are case studies of triumph over relentless gender discrimination. B & w photographs throughout
The theory that would not die : how Bayes' rule cracked the enigma code, hunted down Russian submarines, & emerged triumphant from two centuries of controversy by Sharon Bertsch McGrayne( )

27 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in English and held by 2,156 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Bayes' rule appears to be a straightforward, one-line theorem: by updating our initial beliefs with objective new information, we get a new and improved belief. To its adherents, it is an elegant statement about learning from experience. To its opponents, it is subjectivity run amok. In the first-ever account of Bayes' rule for general readers, Sharon Bertsch McGrayne explores this controversial theorem and the human obsessions surrounding it. She traces its discovery by an amateur mathematician in the 1740s through its development into roughly its modern form by French scientist Pierre Simon Laplace. She reveals why respected statisticians rendered it professionally taboo for 150 years--at the same time that practitioners relied on it to solve crises involving great uncertainty and scanty information, even breaking Germany's Enigma code during World War II, and explains how the advent of off-the-shelf computer technology in the 1980s proved to be a game-changer. Today, Bayes' rule is used everywhere from DNA de-coding to Homeland Security. Drawing on primary source material and interviews with statisticians and other scientists, The Theory That Would Not Die is the riveting account of how a seemingly simple theorem ignited one of the greatest controversies of all time."--
Prometheans in the lab : chemistry and the making of the modern world by Sharon Bertsch McGrayne( )

16 editions published between 2001 and 2002 in English and held by 1,332 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Table of contents includes: Soap and Nicholas Leblanc, Color and William Henry Perkin, Sugar and Norbert Rillieux, Clean water and Edward Frankland, Fertilizer, poison gas, and Fritz Haber, Leaded gasoline, safe refrigeration and Thomas Midgley, Jr., Nylon and Wallace Hume Carothers, DDT and Paul Hermann Muller, Lead-free gasoline and Clair C. Patterson
Iron, nature's universal element : why people need iron & animals make magnets by Eugenie V Mielczarek( Book )

6 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 425 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Mielczarek (physics, George Mason U.) and science writer McGrayne explore the critical importance of the metal element in life from bacteria to humans. They report on recent discoveries about iron and magnetism in bacteria, in myriad animal and plant species, and in humans, such as that many migrating animals have minute deposits of magnetite inside them that are sensory navigators. They also, of course, discuss the role of iron in mammalian blood and the iron- related diseases of humans
A lab of one's own : one woman's personal journey through sexism in science by Rita R Colwell( Book )

2 editions published in 2020 in English and held by 295 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Colwell, the first female director of the National Science Foundation, discusses the entrenched sexism in science, the elaborate detours women have taken to bypass the problem, and how to fix the system. When she first applied for a graduate fellowship in bacteriology, she was told, "We don't waste fellowships on women." Over her six decades in science, as she encounters other women pushing back against the status quo, Colwell also witnessed the advances that could be made when men and women worked together. Here she offers an astute diagnosis of how to fix the problem of sexism in science-- and a celebration of the women pushing back.-- adapted from jacket
Blue genes and polyester plants : 365 more surprising scientific facts, breakthroughs and discoveries by Sharon Bertsch McGrayne( Book )

6 editions published between 1997 and 1998 in English and Polish and held by 285 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Contains 365 facts of recent developments in a variety of fields including biology, medicine, engineering, technology, zoology, chemistry, and astronomy, arranged in question and answer format
365 surprising scientific facts, breakthroughs, and discoveries by Sharon Bertsch McGrayne( Book )

4 editions published between 1994 and 1997 in 3 languages and held by 270 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Die Theorie, die nicht sterben wollte wie der englische Pastor Thomas Bayes eine Regel entdeckte, die nach 150 Jahren voller Kontroversen heute aus Wissenschaft, Technik und Gesellschaft nicht mehr wegzudenken ist by Sharon Bertsch McGrayne( Book )

12 editions published between 2012 and 2018 in 3 languages and held by 166 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Vom Siegeszug einer Formel Suchmaschinen und Qualitätsmanagement, Versicherungen und Erdbebenvorhersagen, Verkehrsflüsse, Geheimcodes und medizinische Prognosen - die sogenannte Bayes'sche Regel ist geradezu allgegenwärtig und dennoch nur wenigen vertraut. Dabei ist sie in ihrer grundlegenden Aussage bestechend einfach: Man beginnt mit einer Vermutung und revidiert diese anhand neuer, objektiver Informationen - und gelangt so zu einer verbesserten Annahme. Für seine Anhänger ist das Bayes-Theorem eine elegante Formulierung dafür, dass man aus Erfahrung klug wird, und ein mathematisches Instrument, das einer klaren Linie folgt. Für seine Gegner ist es ein Amoklauf der Subjektivität. Sharon Bertsch McGrayne schildert in ihrem spannenden Sachbuch die erstaunliche Geschichte dieser Regel - von ihren unscheinbaren Anfängen Mitte des 18. Jahrhunderts über die 150 Jahre währenden Kontroversen, die sie auslöste, bis zu ihrem großen Durchbruch. "Eine turbulente Geschichte vom Triumph einer mächtigen mathematischen Idee ... Beeindruckend recherchiert." Nature "Ein wunderbares Buch ... McGrayne hat die Geschichte von Bayes in eine fesselnde Lektüre verwandelt. Wir können das Buch nicht stark genug empfehlen." Journal of Educational Measurement "McGrayne ... stellt schwierige Ideen so dar, dass das allgemeine Publikum sie verstehen und würdigen kann ... Das Buch liest sich wie eine Liebeserklärung - für einen Algorithmus, der vernachlässigt aufwuchs, nur gelegentlich auf einen Ausflug mitgenommen wurde, aber meistens zu Hause bleiben musste, bis er am Ende schließlich seinen gebührenden Platz bekam und Respekt und Wertschätzung in der Welt erfuhr." IEEE Computing Now "Ein statistischer Thriller... McGraynes Geschichte hat alles, was man heute von einem Krimi erwartet. Spionage, Atombomben und die Paranoia des kalten Krieges sind dabei ... eine Fülle lebendiger Charaktere und ihre bitteren Rivalitäten treiben die Geschichte voran." New Scientist "Eine meisterhaft recherchierte Geschichte menschlicher Kämpfe und Errungenschaften, die verwirrende mathematische Debatten auch für absolute Laien verständlich und anschaulich macht." The Boston Globe "Eine überzeugende und unterhaltsame Verschmelzung von Geschichte, Theorie und Biographie ... McGrayne schafft es, abseitige Mathematik in die Sprache von Laien zu übersetzen." Sunday Times _____ "Wenn sich die Fakten ändern, ändere ich meine Meinung. Und was tun Sie?" John Maynard Keynes Sharon Bertsch McGrayne beleuchtet in diesem Buch den langen, oft besessen geführten Kampf um die Gültigkeit und Anwendbarkeit des heute allgegenwärtigen Bayes-Theorems. Sie berichtet von der Entdeckung dieser Regel durch den britischen Geistlichen und Amateurmathematiker Thomas Bayes in den 1740er-Jahren und ihrer Weiterentwicklung in eine moderne Form, die fast der heutigen entspricht, durch den französischen Wissenschaftler Pierre Simon Laplace. Sie deckt auf, warum angesehene Statistiker das Theorem 150 Jahre lang mit einem Tabu belegten, während in der gleichen Zeit Praktiker erfolgreich darauf zurückgriffen, um Probleme zu lösen, die mit großen Unsicherheiten und einem Mangel an Informationen einhergingen. Eine wichtige Rolle spielte dabei Alan Turing, als er im Zweiten Weltkrieg den deutschen Enigma-Code knackte. McGrayne erklärt schließlich, wie mit dem Aufkommen der immer preiswerter und für alle verfügbaren Computertechnologie in den 1980er-Jahren ein ganz neues Zeitalter für das Bayes-Theorem anbrach. Heute spielt es in Wissenschaft, Technik und Gesellschaft nahezu überall eine Rolle - ob es nun um die Entschlüsselung der DNA, das Börsengeschehen oder die Terrorabwehr geht. Das Buch, das sich auf Originalquellen wie auch auf Interviews mit Statistikern und anderen Wissenschaftlern stützt, beleuchtet auf fesselnde Weise, wie ein auf den ersten Blick simples mathematisches Theorem eine der größten Kontroversen aller Zeiten auslöste. McGrayne macht darin ein spannendes Stück Wissenschaftsgeschichte zugänglich und anschaulich
The theory that would not die : how bayes' rule cracked the enigma code, hunted down russian submarines, and emerged triumphant from two centuries of controversy by Sharon Bertsch McGrayne( Recording )

12 editions published between 2012 and 2015 in English and held by 63 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Bayes' rule appears to be a straightforward, one-line theorem. By updating our initial beliefs with objective new information, we get a new and improved belief. To its adherents, it is an elegant statement about learning from experience. To its opponents, it is subjectivity run amok. In the first-ever account of Bayes' rule for general readers, Sharon Bertsch McGrayne explores this controversial theorem and the human obsessions surrounding it. She traces its discovery by an amateur mathematician in the 1740s through its development into roughly its modern form by French scientist Pierre Simon Laplace. She reveals why respected statisticians rendered it professionally taboo for one hundred and fifty years-at the same time that practitioners relied on it to solve crises involving great uncertainty and scanty information, even breaking Germany's Enigma code during World War II, and explains how the advent of off-the-shelf computer technology in the 1980s proved to be a game-changer. Today, Bayes' rule is used everywhere from DNA decoding to Homeland Security. Drawing on primary source material and interviews with statisticians and other scientists, The Theory That Would Not Die is the riveting account of how a seemingly simple theorem ignited one of the greatest controversies of all time
A lab of one's own : one woman's personal journey through sexism in science by Rita R Colwell( )

3 editions published in 2020 in English and held by 38 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A riveting memoir-manifesto from the first female director of the National Science Foundation about the entrenched sexism in science, the elaborate detours women have taken to bypass the problem, and how to fix the system. If you think sexism thrives only on Wall Street or in Hollywood, you haven't visited a lab, a science department, a research foundation, or a biotech firm. Rita Colwell is one of the top scientists in America: the groundbreaking microbiologist who discovered how cholera survives between epidemics and the former head of the National Science Foundation. But when she first applied for a graduate fellowship in bacteriology, she was told, "We don't waste fellowships on women." A lack of support from some male superiors would lead her to change her area of study six times before completing her PhD. A Lab of One's Own documents all Colwell has seen and heard over her six decades in science, from sexual harassment in the lab to obscure systems blocking women from leading professional organizations or publishing their work. Along the way, she encounters other women pushing back against the status quo, including a group at MIT who revolt when they discover their labs are a fraction of the size of their male colleagues'. Resistance gave female scientists special gifts: forced to change specialties so many times, they came to see things in a more interdisciplinary way, which turned out to be key to making new discoveries in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Colwell would also witness the advances that could be made when men and women worked together'often under her direction, such as when she headed a team that helped to uncover the source of the anthrax used in the 2001 letter attacks. A Lab of One's Own shares the sheer joy a scientist feels when moving toward a breakthrough, and the thrill of uncovering a whole new generation of female pioneers. But it is also the science book for the #MeToo era, offering an astute diagnosis of how to fix the problem of sexism in science'and a celebration of the women pushing back
La teoría que nunca murió by Sharon Bertsch McGrayne( Book )

5 editions published in 2012 in Spanish and held by 16 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Hacia 1740 un clérigo británico, Thomas Bayes, enunció una regla que puede resumirse en pocas palabras: "si completamos nuestras suposiciones iniciales con nueva información objetiva, obtenemos una nueva y mejor suposición". Ferozmente discutida desde entonces, la teoría de Bayes tuvo un papel decisivo en objetivos tan distintos como descifrar los códigos alemanes durante la Segunda Guerra Mundial, combatir el cáncer o contribuir al desarrollo de los ordenadores. Gracias a ella, nos dice el profesor Lindley, "sabemos hoy cómo pensar racionalmente acerca de un mundo inseguro". Lo que Sharon B. Mcgrayne ha conseguido en este libro, que James Berger, de la Duke University, ha definido como "una revelación y una lectura apasionante", es transformar un complejo tema matemático ex una exposición comprensible para el lector medio, y en la sorprendente historia de dos siglos de acontecimientos tan diversos como la liberación del capitán Alfred Dreyfus o la búsqueda de las bombas de Palomares
Nuo bei er jiang nu xing ke xue jia by Mai Ge Lei En( Book )

1 edition published in 1994 in Chinese and held by 8 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

365 amazing scientific facts, breakthroughs and discoveries by Sharon Bertsch McGrayne( Book )

1 edition published in 1997 in English and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Okaasan nōberushō o morau( Book )

2 editions published in 1996 in Japanese and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

365 najbardziej zdumiewających odkryć i wynalazków naukowych by Sharon Bertsch McGrayne( Book )

1 edition published in 1997 in Polish and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Hiçbir şey dünyamızdan daha ilginç değil by Sharon Bertsch McGrayne( Book )

1 edition published in 2001 in Turkish and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Fukurō wa hontō ni kashikoika( Book )

1 edition published in 1998 in Japanese and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

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1 edition published in 2013 in Korean and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Theory that would not die - how bayes rule cracked the enigma code, hunted by Sharon Bertsch McGrayne( Book )

1 edition published in 2012 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Blue Genes and Polyester Plants: 365 More Suprising Scientific Facts, Break by Sharon Bertsch McGrayne( Book )

1 edition published in 1997 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

 
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Nobel Prize women in science : their lives, struggles, and momentous discoveries
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The theory that would not die : how Bayes' rule cracked the enigma code, hunted down Russian submarines, & emerged triumphant from two centuries of controversyPrometheans in the lab : chemistry and the making of the modern worldIron, nature's universal element : why people need iron & animals make magnetsBlue genes and polyester plants : 365 more surprising scientific facts, breakthroughs and discoveries365 surprising scientific facts, breakthroughs, and discoveriesDie Theorie, die nicht sterben wollte wie der englische Pastor Thomas Bayes eine Regel entdeckte, die nach 150 Jahren voller Kontroversen heute aus Wissenschaft, Technik und Gesellschaft nicht mehr wegzudenken ist365 amazing scientific facts, breakthroughs and discoveriesBlue Genes and Polyester Plants: 365 More Suprising Scientific Facts, Break
Alternative Names
Bertsch MacGrayne, Sharon

Bertsch McGrayne Sharon

Bertsch McGrayne, Sharon 1942-

Bertsch, Sharon MacGrayne 1942-

Bertsch, Sharon McGrayne.

Bertsch, Sharon McGrayne 1942-

Mac Grayne Sharon Bertsch

MacGrayne Sharon Bertsch

MacGrayne, Sharon Bertsch 1942-

Mc Grayne Sharon Bertsch

Mc Grayne, Sharon Bertsch 1942-

McGrayne, Sharon B.

McGrayne, Sharon Bertsch

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Sharon Bertsch McGrayne author

맥그레인, 샤론 B. 1942-

맥그레인, 샤론 버치 1942-

맥그레인, 섀런 버트시 1942-

マグレイン, シャロン・B

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