Women’s History Month- Emmy Noether

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Adhiti Chundur, Staff Writer

Einstein called her a genius: “In the judgment of the most competent living mathematicians, Fraulein Noether was the most significant creative mathematical genius thus far produced since the higher education of women began.” Noether was one of the most important mathematicians in the 20th century. One of her many contributions include “Noether’s Theorem” which lets physicists “get conserved quantities from symmetries of the laws of nature” in a nutshell. Noether faced sexism her whole life: she was forbidden from entering universities, despite proving her mathematical intellect. However, she still made huge progress in fields such as abstract algebra. She eventually received a mathematics doctorate in 1907. Noether faced huge obstacles because of her gender, but she broke through and was able to forge new paths in the field of mathematics.