Talk:Mary Cartwright

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Lead[edit]

The facts quoted in the article do not support the claim that she was a "leading 20th century British mathematician". Maybe, "one of the few women mathematicians born in late nineteenth – early 20th century", or "one of the few female British mathematicians of the mid-twentieth century" would be more accurate. At any rate, it's a rather pompous claim, especially if one compares it with typical opening statements about even most distinguishing 20th century mathematicians (like G.H.Hardy or the Fields Medal winners Paul Cohen and Grigory Margulis). Arcfrk (talk) 21:26, 29 May 2008 (UTC)

Dear Arcfrk, I have not been responsible for this article, however do know a thing or two about Dame Marry Cartwright (I knew her personally in the final years of her life and she was one of the most remarkable persons I have ever met). The best person to discuss the issue with is Professor Nina Byers with whom I was in contact last July on this article. Please kindly contact her (her e-mail address is nbyers@physics.ucla.edu) and she will be able to provide you with some background information. Unfortunately I have not had (and still do not have) the time to investigate the matter in any detail and adjust the present biography accordingly. In the meantime, perhaps you wish to consult the following book (brought to my attention by Professor Byers): Out of the Shadows: Contributions of Twentieth-Century Women to Physics, edited by Nina Byers and Gary Williams, 498 p. (Cambridge University Press, 2006). ISBN 0521821975Amazon.com. Chapter 15 of this book (pp. 169-177) concerns Dame Marry and is written by Freeman Dyson. Dyson ascribes the chaos theory to Dame Marry. Kind regards, --BF 22:49, 29 May 2008 (UTC)

No significance[edit]

Miss Cartwright's ancestors were not acquired voluntarily and have no mathematical significance. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 46.19.141.74 (talk) 11:20, 4 December 2012 (UTC)

If you mean that this information shouldn't be in the lead, I agree. I moved it into Careers. RockMagnetist (talk) 18:28, 3 December 2013 (UTC)
This is something of a storm in a tea-cup. I will leave the article as it is. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 213.123.215.180 (talk) 09:36, 4 August 2016 (UTC)

Second or First Class?[edit]

I have read a couple other websites stating that Mary Cartwright did not actually achieve a first class degree but rather a second class degree and that the fact made her almost want to give up math and go back to studying history. I would appreciate it if someone could tell me what the actual truth is.[1] this is one of the sites I found my information.

Izzadorah (talk) 14:31, 28 January 2015 (UTC)