The Mathematics of Sex: How Biology and Society Conspire to Limit Talented Women and Girls

Hardcover | September 15, 2009

byStephen J. Ceci, Wendy M. Williams

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Even though women consistently receive better grades in math and science, men excel on math aptitude tests and are greatly overrepresented in the so-called hard sciences. The Mathematics of Sex explores why males are overrepresented in mathematically intensive professions such as physics,computer science, chemistry, mathematics, and engineering. Bringing together for the first time important research from such diverse fields as endocrinology, economics, sociology, education, genetics, and psychology, the authors show that two factors - the parenting choices women (but not men) haveto make, and the tendency of bright women to choose people-oriented fields like medicine - largely account for the under-representation of women in the hard sciences. Further, research shows that biology itself - differences in hormones or brain organization - does not fully account for the problem.Compressing an enormous amount of information - over 400 studies - into a readable, engaging account suitable for parents, educators, and policymakers, this book advances the debate about women in science unlike any other book before it.

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Even though women consistently receive better grades in math and science, men excel on math aptitude tests and are greatly overrepresented in the so-called hard sciences. The Mathematics of Sex explores why males are overrepresented in mathematically intensive professions such as physics,computer science, chemistry, mathematics, and en...

Stephen J. Ceci holds a lifetime endowed chair in developmental psychology at Cornell University. He studies the development of intelligence and memory, and is the author of approximately 350 articles, books, and chapters (15 of which have been cited between 100 and 700 times), and he has given hundreds of invited addresses around th...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:288 pages, 9.3 × 6 × 1.1 inPublished:September 15, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Preface: Setting the Stage1. Why Care About Women in Science?2. A Multidimensional Problem3. Opening Arguments: Environment4. Opening Arguments: Biology5. Challenges to the Environmental Position6. Challenges to the Biological Position7. Background and Trend Data8. Comparisons Across Societies, Cultures, and Developmental Stages9. Conclusions and Synthesis10. What Next? Research and Policy RecommendationsEpilogueReferences