Emilie du Chatelet: "A normal woman and a good scientist"

Emilie du Chatelet: "A normal woman and a good scientist"

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Patricia Fara, historian of science at the University of Cambridge, talks about Emilie du Chatelet (1706 - 1749), mathematician, translator and populariser of Newton's work in France. We learn about: du Chatelet's background and education (time 0:28) her interest in Newtonian ideas (0:52) her relationship with Voltaire (1:32) her attitude to life and science (2:11) the book Elements of the Philosophy of Newton (2:49) her translation of Newton's Principia (4:19) what was behind du Chatelet's achievement (6:11) her context: differences between French and English society in her time (6:51) a parallel with Mary Somerville (8:15) du Chatelet as a woman in science (9:42) More information, worksheets and other resources for the undergraduate mathematics curriculum: www.beingamathematician.org
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Patricia Fara, historian of science at the University of Cambridge, talks about Emilie du Chatelet (1706 - 1749), mathematician, translator and populariser of Newton's work in France. We learn about: du Chatelet's background and education (time 0:28) her interest in Newtonian ideas (0:52) her relationship with Voltaire (1:32) her attitude to life and science (2:11) the book Elements of the Philosophy of Newton (2:49) her translation of Newton's Principia (4:19) what was behind du Chatelet's achievement (6:11) her context: differences between French and English society in her time (6:51) a parallel with Mary Somerville (8:15) du Chatelet as a woman in science (9:42) More information, worksheets and other resources for the undergraduate mathematics curriculum: www.beingamathematician.org
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