Name our new ALD book


I’m rubbish at titles and names of things, so need some help coming up with the title for our new book. Like the previous one, it’s an anthology of essays about women in STEM, and like the previous one I’d like a gender neutral title, so that it stands a chance of flying under people’s radar a bit. I’d also like something with the same structure as the first book, so that they look a bit related.

So, what comes next after A Passion for Science: Stories of Discovery and Invention?



OK, so apparently I have a working title, which Id forgotten:

A Passion for Science 2: From the Jurassic to the Space Age

We can do better than that, right?

Chapter topics include, in no particular order:

Chapter 1: ‘Joan Curran’, written by Angharad Davies. A glimpse at the life of Joan Curran and the success of Window, a WWII radar countermeasure developed by Joan to help protect RAF planes from attack.

Chapter 2: ‘Mary Anning: Fossil Hunter’, written by Becky Chambers. An examination of the life of one of the fossil hunting pioneers.

Chapter 3: ‘ENIAC Girls: Programmers of the World’s First Computer’, written by Lauren Mancuso. The story of six women who programmed the world’s first electronic general-purpose computing machine.

Chapter 4: ‘A Late Bloomer: Beate Hermelin’, written by Rhianna Goozée and Emma Palmer. An overview of the life and work of psychologist Beate Hermelin and her contributions to the field of learning disabilities.

Chapter 5: ‘The Mercury 13’, written by Helen Keen. An overview of the role of women in aviation and space programmes, with a focus on the Fellow Lady Astronaut Trainees.

Chapter 6: ‘Barbara McClintock: Challenging Convention at Every Turn’, written by Ireena Dutta. An examination of the work of Barbara McClintock and how it has affected what we know about genetics today.

Chapter 7: ‘Re-engineering the Glass Ceiling: Civil Engineering’s Presidential Pioneers’, written by Jo Stimpson. An overview of the gender imbalance in civil engineering, focusing on the roles of particular individuals, including Patricia Galloway and Jean Venables.

Chapter 8: ‘Mary Somerville: Thoughts of What She Might Have Been’, written by Karen Masters. The life of Mary Somerville, a mathematician responsible for translating the methods of calculus developed by LaPlace in Mechanique Celeste.

Chapter 9: ‘Reaching New Heights for Women & X-Ray Astronomy’, written by Kim Kowal Arcand and Megan Watzke. The story of Commander Eileen Collins - the first woman to lead a space shuttle flight - and Cady Coleman - the lead mission specialist responsible for deploying NASA’s X-ray observatory, Chandra.

Chapter 10: ‘Bringing Science to Life: Nineteenth Century Women Science Popularisers’, written by Leila McNeill. A presentation of three nineteenth century women who wrote about science; Arabella Buckley, Jane Loudon, and Isabella Bird.

Chapter 11: ‘Florence Nightingale’, written by Alison Leary. Florence Nightingale’s contribution to statistics and how she used mathematics and data to provide better care for her patients.

Chapter 12: ‘Sophie Germain: The Story of a Mathematician Who Wouldn’t Give Up’, written by Ariane Coffin. The tale of Sophie Germain, a mathematician famous for her work on the most difficult mathematical problem, Fermat’s Last Theorem.

Chapter 13: ‘The Mermaids of Plymouth’, written by Jan Freedman and Anne-Flore Laloë. The stories of some of the earliest female marine biologists, including Alice ‘Elsie’ Wilkins, Marie Victoire Lebour, Marjorie Alison Westbrook, and Mary Winifred Parke.

Chapter 14: ‘Martha Matilda Harper - The Woman Who Changed Business & Beauty Care’, written by Jane R. Plitt. The work of Martha Harper and how it fuelled the modern hair care industry.

Chapter 15: ‘Queens of the Air’, written by Kate Lord Brown. The untold story of the role that female pilots played in the Air Transport Auxiliary during WWII.

Chapter 16: ‘Elizabeth Bott’, written by Kathryn Oliver. An overview on Bott’s work on network analysis and its implications upon behavioural psychology, psychoanalysis, economics, sociology, anthropology, and network sciences.

Chapter 17: ‘Gwenda’s Garage’, written by Liz Kettle. The story of Roz Wollen, Annette Williams, and Ros Wall, three entrepreneurial women who founded a women’s garage in Sheffield in the 1980s.

Chapter 18: ‘Galgebra and Galgorithms’, written by Simon Singh. Hidden mathematics and science references in popular US cartoon, The Simpsons, Lisa Simpson as a role model for girls in STEM, and the parallels drawn with the life of Sophie Germain.

Chapter 19: ‘Emmy Noether: She Proved the Theorem Behind Higgs’, written by Cassandra Lee Yieng. The woman who developed the theorem behind Higgs’ Boson 100 years before it was discovered and who was described by Albert Einstein as “The most significant creative mathematical genius thus far”.

Chapter 20: ‘‘By a Lady’: Women Botanical Illustrators Cultivating Science’, written by Liesbeth Renders. The stories of Marianne North, Elizabeth Blackwell, Matilda Smith, and Christabel King, and their commitment to and impact upon the world of botanical illustrations.

Chapter 21: ‘Sofia Kovalevskaya: Fictitious Marriage Leads to Mathematical Stardom’, written by Mandip Aujla. An in-depth history of the woman who married for her love of maths, and the challenges presented to her by society.

Chapter 22: ‘Emily Warren Roebling’, written by Roma Agrawal. The untold story of Emily Roebling; the female engineer behind the iconic Brooklyn Bridge.

Chapter 23: ‘Delia Derbyshire: Sonic Sculptor’, written by Susannah Lydon. The electronic compositions and arrangements of Delia Derbyshire in the ‘60s and ‘70s, and their impact on the musical landscape of the UK.



I’m terrible at titles but will see if inspiration strikes. In the meantime, put me down for a book - it sounds brilliant!