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Emilie du Chatelet Emilie du Chatelet grew up in a society where there were not many education opportunities for women She was born in Paris on December 17 1706 and grew up in a household where marriage was the only way one could improve their place in society During her early childhood Emilie began to show such promise in the area of academics that soon she was able to convince her father that she was a genius who needed attention Provided with good education she studied and soon mastered Latin Italian and English She also studied Tasso Virgil Milton and other great scholars of the time In spite of her talents in the area of languages her true love was mathematics Her study in this area was encouraged be a family friend M de Mezieres who recognized her talent Emilies work in mathematics was rarely original or as captivating as that of other female mathematicians but it was substantive At the age of nineteen she married Marquis du Chatelet During the first two years of their marriage Emilie gave birth to a boy and a girl and later at the age of 27 the birth of another son followed Neither the children or her husband deterred her from fully grasping and indulging in the social life of the court Some of Emilies most significant work came from the period she spent with Voltaire one of the most intriguing and brilliant scholars of this time at Cirey-sur-Blaise For the two scholars this was a safe and quiet place distant from the turbulence of Paris and court life She started studying the works of Leibniz but she then started to analyze the discoveries of Newton She was extremely success in translating his whole book on the principals of mathematics into French She also added to this book an Algebraical Commentary which very few general
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