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The Women of the Moon: Tales of Science, Love, Sorrow, and Courage

Daniel R. Altschuler and Fernando J. Ballesteros


Of the 1586 lunar craters that have been named to honor scientists and philosophers, only 28 honor a woman. This book recounts briefly the story of lunar nomenclature, delves into a few misunderstood questions about the Moon, and then looks at the lives of the few women that were honored. Who were these women? This book recounts their lives, struggles, and achievements. One way or another these were remarkable women: some got a Nobel Prize, others just funded scientific projects, and yet others were female astronauts. Most readers will only know a few of them if at all, but their exemplary liv ... More

Keywords: astronomy, Moon, lunar craters, lunar nomenclature, gender, women astronauts, women in science, science history, feminism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780198844419
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198844419.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Daniel R. Altschuler, author
Full Professor, Physics Department, University of Puerto Rico, RÍo Piedras Campus

Fernando J. Ballesteros, author
Head of instrumentation, Astronomical Observatory of the University of Valencia

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