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x+y: A Mathematician's Manifesto for Rethinking Gender by Eugenia Cheng

x+y: A Mathematician's Manifesto for Rethinking Gender

Eugenia Cheng

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Category: Non-fiction
Imprint: Profile Books Ltd
Publisher: Profile Books Ltd
Publication date: 16 Jul 2020
ISBN: 9781788160407

From imaginary numbers to the fourth dimension and beyond, mathematics has always been about imagining impossible things. In x+y, Eugenia Cheng draws on the insights of higher-dimensional mathematics to reveal a transformative new way of talking about the patriarchy, mansplaining and sexism: a way that empowers all of us to make the world a better place.

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4 stars out of 5
Caroline Sanderson
6 Mar 2020

"a fascinating proposition"

Y doesn't have to be pitted against X. X and Y can be added together to make a new dimension and a new way of thinking." Could a radical new mathematical framework help us rethink gender and overcome bias? Cheng believes so, here exploring the thorny question of why women's intellectual contributions to scientific endeavour have so often been written out of history, and arguing that mathematics can help give us new social structures based not on gender, but on character. It's a fascinating proposition. Now 16th July 2020.