Emmy Noether
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the ideas and life of one of the greatest mathematicians of the 20th century, Emmy Noether. Noether’s Theorem is regarded as one of the most important mathematical theorems, influencing the evolution of modern physics. Born in 1882 in Bavaria, Noether studied mathematics at a time when women were generally denied the chance to pursue academic careers and, to get round objections, she spent four years lecturing under a male colleague’s name. In the 1930s she faced further objections to her teaching, as she was Jewish, and she left for the USA when the Nazis came to power. Her innovative ideas were to become widely recognised and she is now considered to be one of the founders of modern algebra.
Guests

Colva Roney Dougal No other episodes
Professor of Pure Mathematics at the University of St Andrews  David Berman
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Professor in Theoretical Physics at Queen Mary, University of London 
Elizabeth Mansfield No other episodes
Professor of Mathematics at the University of Kent
Reading list

Emmy Noether: A Tribute to Her Life and Work
James W. Brewer and Martha K. Smith (eds.) (Marcel Dekker, 1981) 
Emmy Noether 18821935
Auguste Dick (trans. H. I. Blocher) (Birkhauser, 1981) Google Books → 
A History of Abstract Algebra
Israel Kleiner (Birkhauser, 2007) Google Books → 
The Noether Theorems: Invariance and Conservation Laws in the Twentieth Century
Yvette KosmannSchwarzbach (trans. Bertram E. Schwarzbach) (Springer, 2010) Google Books → 
Symmetry and the Beautiful Universe
Leon M. Lederman and Christopher T. Hill (Prometheus Books, 2008) Google Books → 
Emmy Noether's Wonderful Theorem
D. E. Neuenschwander (JHU Press, 2010) Google Books → 
Fearful Symmetry: The Search for Beauty in Modern Physics
A. Zee (Princeton University Press, 2016) Google Books →
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