I had, it transpired, discovered the first four examples of an unimagined kind of star – bizarre astral bodies that transmitted radio beams as they spun, which swept through space like the ray of a lighthouse. We called them pulsars.
The paper detailing the discovery was published, and the press descended. It was clear they didn't know how to handle a young woman scientist. Photographers would say, "Could you undo some buttons on your jacket, please?" Journalists asked how many boyfriends I had.
Posted by: amygdala | July 27, 2009
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