Emilie Du Chatelet: Daring Genius of the Enlightenment

Emilie Du Chatelet: Daring Genius of the Enlightenment

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Although today she is best known for her fifteen-year liaison with Voltaire, Gabrielle Emilie le Tonnelier de Breteuil, Marquise Du Châtelet (1706-1749) was more than a great man's mistress. After marrying a marquis at the age of eighteen, she proceeded to fulfill the prescribed - and delightfully frivolous - role of a French noblewoman of her time. But she also challenged it, conducting a highly visible affair with a commoner, writing philosophical works, and translating Newton's Principia while pregnant by a younger lover. With the sweep of Galileo's Daughter, Emilie Du Châtelet captures the charm, glamour, and brilliance of this magnetic woman.

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  • ISBN 13: 9780143112686
  • ISBN 10: 0143112686
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  • Language: English
  • Pages: 376
  • Size: 8.20" l x 5.40" w x 0.90" h
  • Weight: 0.836 lbs