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Women scientists in fiction

Kathie Hodge kh11 at cornell.edu
Sat Jan 7 11:59:14 EST 1995

Mark Helprin wrote a novel called Refiner's Fire (1977) in which a female
scientist makes an appearance.  Here's a quote from it - I keep a
collection of favourite quotations about science/scientists, and this is
one of the few (alas!) that has a feminine pronoun in it:

She and her kind, scientists who followed a pure cord of sense, were
destined to discover new dimensions, an order apart from and superior to
the decadent mechanistic notions of the avant-garde.  It would be,
perhaps, a new faith, an iridescence in the bell of the universe.  In
pursuit of the absolute, in attention to things such as the fight of
eagles, and in travel of great distances, new laws would become manifest.
(p. 211)

Kathie Hodge
kh11 at cornell.edu

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