Trailblazers: 33 Women in Science Who Changed the World – Rachel Swaby


513ovbn4hll  Trailblazers: 33 Women in Science Who Changed the World – Rachel Swaby, Delacorte Press, 9780399553967, 2016

Format: Hardcover

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 3.5

What did you like about the book? This is a good book to pique your interest in some amazing scientific-minded women in history.  The women featured get about 3-6 pages each in the broader groupings of “Technology and Invention”, “The Earth and Stars”, “Health and Medicine”, and “Biology”.  Each entry has a short introduction and the entries themselves jump around in ways that make them decently enjoyable reads but they often lack much detail due to their brevity and rambling flow.

Anything you didn’t like about it? The information is not much more than you’d find in a verbose blog post and would not be good if you wanted to write a paper on any of these folks though the resources at the end in both the Notes and Bibliography sections would be very useful.  The book is also exclusively American (with one Canadian) and European (Russia, Germany, Britain, Italy, France) -centric so while there’s a small representation of diversity with some Jewish women and a couple African-American scientists, the overall list is very Caucasian and leaves out any mention of notables in other countries.

To whom would you recommend this book?  This is good if you’re interested in a starting point for a research topic on a woman in science or looking for fun trivia.

Who should buy this book? Individuals, High schools, Public libraries

Where would you shelve it? Collected biography or 509.2

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Nope

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: April Duclos, Hudson Public Library, Hudson MA

Date of review: 11/16/16

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