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LocationClark County
Call No523.4 Elki
TitleA portrait of the scientist as a young woman / Lindy Elkins-Tanton.
AuthorElkins-Tanton, Linda T. author.
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International Standard Book Number 9780063086906 (hardcover)
International Standard Book Number 0063086905 (hardcover)
Personal Name Elkins-Tanton, Linda T. author.
Title Statement A portrait of the scientist as a young woman / Lindy Elkins-Tanton.
Edition Statement First edition.
Production, Publication, Distribution, Manufacture, and Copyright Notice New York, NY : William Morrow, an imprint of HarpersCollins Publishers, 2022.
Physical Description 260 pages : map ; 24 cm.
Formatted Contents Note All I had were questions -- In fragments -- Being relentless -- The search for meaning -- Every endeavor is a human endeavor -- Past is prologue -- The kinds of things a person can want -- Expanding courage -- Change begins with a question -- On not being a hero -- Every day, a brick -- At the end of the marathon, a sprint.
Summary, Etc. Deep in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter, three times farther from the sun than the Earth is, orbits a massive asteroid called (16) Psyche. It is one of the largest objects in the belt, potentially containing the equivalent of the world’s total economy in metals, though they cannot be brought back to Earth. But (16) Psyche has the potential to unlock something even more valuable: the story of how planets form, and how our planet formed. Soon we will find out, thanks to the extraordinary work of Lindy Elkins-Tanton, the Principal Investigator of NASA’s $800 million Psyche mission, and the second woman ever to be awarded a major NASA space exploration contract. The journey that brought her to this place is extraordinary.Amid a childhood of terrible trauma, Elkins-Tanton fell in love with science as a means of healing and consolation. But still she wondered, was forced to wonder: as a woman, was science “for her”? In answering that question, she takes us from the wilds of the Siberian tundra to the furthest reaches of outer space, from the Mayo Clinic, where Elkins-Tanton battled ovarian cancer while writing the Psyche proposal, to NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, where her team brought that proposal to life. A Portrait of the Scientist as a Young Woman is a beautifully-constructed memoir that explores how a philosophy of life can be built from the tools of scientific inquiry. It teaches us how to approach difficult problems by asking the right questions and truly listening to the answers—and how we may find meaning through exploring the wonders of the universe around us.
Subject-Personal Name Elkins-Tanton, Linda T.
Subject Added Entry - Topical Term Women astronomers United States Biography.
Subject Added Entry - Topical Term Planetary scientists United States Biography.
Index Term-Genre/Form Autobiographies.
Index Term-Genre/Form Biographies.

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