In her short life, mathematician Emmy Noether changed the face of physics

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Check out this 2018 piece by Emily Conover published on ScienceNews.org. It highlights the life and work of Emmy Noether, an early 20th century mathematician who developed a theorem that’s still widely used in physics today as well as pioneering the field of abstract algebra.

At a time when women were considered intellectually inferior to men, Noether (pronounced NUR-ter) won the admiration of her male colleagues. She resolved a nagging puzzle in Albert Einstein’s newfound theory of gravity, the general theory of relativity. And in the process, she proved a revolutionary mathematical theorem that changed the way physicists study the universe.

It’s been a century since the July 23, 1918, unveiling of Noether’s famous theorem. Yet its importance persists today. “That theorem has been a guiding star to 20th and 21st century physics,” says theoretical physicist Frank Wilczek of MIT.

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