Emmy Noether, the Most Significant Mathematician Youâ€™ve Never Heard Of
Joyce Park stashed this in History
"She invented a theorem that united with magisterial concision two conceptual pillars of physics: symmetry in nature and the universal laws of conservation."
"Noetherâ€™s theorem shows that a symmetry of time â€” like the fact that whether you throw a ball in the air tomorrow or make the same toss next week will have no effect on the ballâ€™s trajectory â€” is directly related to the conservation of energy, our old homily that energy can be neither created nor destroyed but merely changes form."
I love when PandaWhale shows me something from years ago that I get to enjoy all over again.
Emmy's story is one such story.Â
I'm putting this page in my Grace Hopper stash as a reminder that many people helped us get to where we are. Grace and Emmy are two of them.Â
Her equations show why "riding a bike is safe", among other things.
It's sad that she died just after making it to a place where she could inspire and teach the next generation.