Book review: Trailblazers: 33 Women in Science Who Changed the World, by Rachel Swaby

Swaby, Rachel. Trailblazers: 33 Women in Science Who Changed the World. Delacorte, 2016. $15.99. 195p. ISBN 978-0-399-55396-7. Ages 10-14. P6Q8

swaby-trailblazersWomen, largely overlooked, from Russia, Italy, France, Britain, Austria, Germany, and the United States have improved life through their discoveries during the past two centuries. The author divides these vignettes, almost entirely about the women’s scientific work, into chapters on Technology and Invention, Earth and Stars, Health and Medicine, and Biology.

Verdict: Accessible writing and interesting information make the reading inviting, and Swaby has added a baker’s dozen of women scientists in her excellent introductions to each chapter. Detailed bibliographies will invite further exploration into each subject.

January 2017 review by Nel Ward.

[Editor’s note: This appears to be a companion edition to Rachel Swaby’s 2015 Broadway Books title, Headstrong:  52 women who changed science– and the world.]

 

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