she cooked dinner for her students, took a long walk with them, andfor dessert made mathematische Papp—mathematical mush pudding.Then she scandalized the men by leaving the dirty dishes for herhouse cleaner. The fact that she was entertaining a crowd of hungryyoung men on a low budget with limited spare time and no interestin housekeeping does not appear to have struck the students. Theywere accustomed to servant-filled homes orchestrated by the fulltimewives of Göttingen’s well-paid professors. Her informal lifestyle be-came the butt of many jokes. A favorite story explained why she didnot repair her umbrella like a proper hausfrau: if the sun was shin-ing, she forgot about the umbrella, and if it rained, she needed it.Göttingen’s social life revolved around parties nominally hostedby the professors but actually organized by their wives. Noether con-tributed her share, specializing in children’s parties and mathemati-cal teas or evenings when she served lots of sweets, tea, or Rhinewine. They were relaxed, comfortable affairs where students mixedwith eminent mathematicians like Hilbert, Edmund Landau, Rich-ard Brauer, and Weyl. She must have created a cozy atmosphere be-cause her living room was selected as the site of a carefully plannedreconciliation between two giants: Hilbert the formalist and L. E. J.Brouwer the intuitionalist. A group watched nervously as Alex-androv skillfully engineered the conversation around to a manwhom both loathed. United in antipathy, Hilbert and Brouwer be-came bosom friends—at least while they remained at Noether’s.Noether pared her life of inessentials and conventions, just asshe stripped mathematics of its inessentials. Alexandrov admired her“extraordinary kindness of heart, alien to any affectation or insincer-ity; her cheerfulness and simplicity; her ability to ignore everythingthat was unimportant in life.”But not all his colleagues agreed. Theycomplained because her voice was not soft and refined; it was “loudand disagreeable.”Another thought she looked “like an energeticand very nearsighted washerwoman.”Still others chided that “herclothes were always baggy.”As the historians Robert P. Crease andCharles C. Mann remarked, “Had Noether been a man, her appear-ance, demeanor, and classroom behavior would have been readilyrecognized as one of the forms that absent-minded brilliance fre-quently assumes in the males of the species.”Weyl recalled her unconventional behavior as fond foibles in hiseulogy following her death. He dwelt long—and some may feel pa-McGrayne, Sharon Bertsch, et al. Nobel Prize Women in Science : Their Lives, Struggles and Momentous Discoveries,Joseph Henry Press, 2001. ProQuest Ebook Central, .