Volume 30 - July 20, 2011 - Bills in Brief

Austrian Fashion Designer Says Girls Have Both the Genes and the Jeans for Mathematics

bridges vol. 25, April 2010 / Noteworthy Information

By Kathlyn Stone

jp2_small.jpgProf. Jonathan David Farley and Austrian Designer Peren Linn.

Fashion designer Peren Linn, from Natternbach, Austria, and her business partner Jonathan David Farley , a mathematician and guest professor at the Kepler Universität Linz, want girls to draw their own conclusions about math - and they're giving them an unlikely tool to help them do just that.

Linn created her line of girls' imprinted jeans - "The Math Jeans" - out of a desire "to bring math and forms into daily life," she explained. "It didn't take too much time because jeans are part of our daily life. So I worked on and brought out the imprinted girls' jeans."

Both the mathematician and the artist were taken aback by a comment made by former Harvard University President Lawrence Summers, saying that girls lack the genetic means to do well in math and science.

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