Emilie du Châtelet
4 Feb, 2021
510 Mathematics
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss one of the outstanding French mathematicians and natural philosophers of the 18th Century, celebrated across Europe. Emilie du Chatelet, 170649, created a translation of Newton’s Principia from Latin into French that helped spread the light of mathematics on the emerging science, and her own book Institutions de Physique, with its lessons on physics, was welcomed as profound. She had the privileges of wealth and aristocracy, yet had to fight to be taken seriously as an intellectual in a world of ideas that was almost exclusively male.
Guests
 Patricia Fara
17 episodes
Emeritus Fellow of Clare College, Cambridge  David Wootton
16 episodes
Anniversary Professor of History at the University of York 
Judith Zinsser No other episodes
Professor Emerita of History at Miami University of Ohio
Reading list

Emilie Du Chatelet and the Foundations of Physical Science
Katherine Brading (Routledge, 2019) Google Books → 
Selected Philosophical and Scientific Writings
Emilie Du Chatelet (ed. Judith P. Zinsser and trans. Isabelle Bour and Judith P. Zinsser) (University of Chicago Press, 2009) 
Pandora's Breeches: Women, Science and Power in the Enlightenment
Patricia Fara (Pimlico, 2004) Google Books → 
Scientists Anonymous: Great Stories of Women in Science
Patricia Fara (Icon Books Ltd, 2007) Google Books → 
The Mind Has No Sex?: Women in the Origins of Modern Science
Londa Schiebinger (Harvard University Press, 1991) Google Books → 
Science for a Polite Society: Gender, Culture, and the Demonstration of Enlightenment
Geoffrey V. Sutton (Perseus, 1997) Google Books → 
The Man who Flattened the Earth: Maupertuis and the Sciences in the Enlightenment
Mary Terrall (University of Chicago Press, 2006) Google Books → 
Power, Pleasure and Profit: Insatiable Appetites from Machiavelli to Madison
David Wootton (Belknap Press, 2018) Google Books → 
Emilie Du Chatelet: Daring Genius of the Enlightenment
Judith P. Zinsser (Penguin, 2007) Google Books →
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Autocategory: 510.92 (History of Mathematics  Women mathematicians)