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Born in Paris on December 17 1706 Emilie du Chatlet grew up in a household where the art of courting was the only way one could recieve a place in society During her early childhood Emilie began to show great improvement in the area of academics that soon she was able to convince her father that she needed attention She studied Latin Italian and English She also studied Tasso Virgil Milton and other great scholars In spite of her talents in the area of languages her true love was mathematics Emilies cleverness was outstanding in other areas as well At the age of nineteen she married a man named Marquis du Chatelet Emilie had conquered the heart of Voltaire one of most intriguing and brilliant scholars of this time As Voltaire notes We long employed all our attention and powers upon Leibniz and Newton Mme du Chatelet attached herself first to Leibniz and explained one part of his system in a book exceedingly well written entitled Institutions de physique However she soon abandoned the work of Leibniz and applied herself to the discoveries of the great Newton She was extremely successful in translating his whole book on the principals of mathematics into French The years Emilie spent with Voltaire at Cirey were some of the most productive years of her life When there were no guests both of them remained tied to their desks In the spring of 1748 Emilie met and fell in love with the Marquis de Saint-Lambert a courtier and very minor poet This affair however did not destroy her friendship with Voltaire Even when he found out that she was carrying Saint-Lamberts child Voltaire was there to support her With the help of Voltaire and Saint-Lambert she was able to convince her husband that it was his child she was carrying In early September of 1749 she gave birth to a baby girl As Voltaire describes it The little girl arrives
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