Academic journal article Science Scope

A World of Her Own

Academic journal article Science Scope

A World of Her Own

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A World of Her Own

By Michael Elsohn Ross.

$19.95. 224 pp.

Chicago Review Press. Chicago.

2014. ISBN: 9781613744383.

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In A World of Her Own: 24 Amazing Women Explorers and Adventurers, Michael Elsohn Ross writes about female explorers from the 19th century through the present and the ways in which they pursued scientific discovery to the ends of the Earth, often at their own peril. In each inspirational story, the reader learns how the adventurer overcame personal and social hardships. Ross asks broad questions such as "Why do we explore?" as well as gender-specific questions such as "Why wear dresses?" The reader will be challenged to reflect on the ways in which women have transcended gender roles.

In one story, the reader is introduced to Rosaly Lopes, a contemporary volcano researcher who studies the moons of Jupiter, Saturn, and Neptune, as well as volcanoes on Earth. As the foremost expert on volcanoes, she has worked with NASA at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and as a member of the Cassini-Huygens spacecraft team. As a champion of exploration, Lopes describes her passion with a simple invitation: "I think that anyone, no matter what they do, should try to experience a volcanic eruption at least once in their life. …

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