Who is Emmy Noether?

By Ryan Koss

Known for her profound studies of abstract algebra and theoretical physics, Emmy Noether forever changed the way that mathematicians view the subject. 

Born March 23, 1882, in Bavaria, Noether was an eager learner from the start. After studying dance, piano, English, and French, she moved on to study mathematics at the University of Erlangen. Noether was one of only two female students attending the university.

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Google honors Emmy Noether on what would be her 133rd birthday with an iconic Google doodle.

At the time, she was not allowed to fully participate in class due to her gender. But Noether continued to study mathematics despite the unfair treatment she received in school, and eventually began teaching at the University of Erlangen. She ended her career at Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania.

“Noether discovered methods which have proved of enormous importance in the development of the present-day younger generation of mathematicians.”

Albert Einstein

Creative Genius
As Noether continued her research of mathematics, she began to draw the interest of other mathematicians and physicists. Albert Einstein admired her work and commented how her methods, “proved of enormous importance in the development of the present-day younger generation of mathematicians.”

The Google doodle highlights many aspects of her work, including her contributions to abstract algebra and theoretical physics. She helped to lay the foundation for many fields today, including computer science and programming.

Emmy Noether’s work and perseverance in the face of adversity serves as an inspiration for STEM learners and creators everywhere.

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