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Author Zinsser, Judith P.

Title La dame d'esprit : a biography of the Marquise Du Châtelet / Judith P. Zinsser.

Published New York ; London : Viking, [2006]
©2006

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 UniM Bail  848.509 DUCHATE/ ZINS    AVAILABLE
Physical description viii, 376 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages [352]-365) and index.
Contents Prologue: 1749 1 -- Part I December 1706-June 1735 -- Chapter 1 Families: Daughter and Wife 13 -- Chapter 2 Republic of Letters: The Prodigy 62 -- Part II July 1735-March 1741 -- Chapter 3 "Mon Academie": Chatelaine of Cirey 105 -- Chapter 4 An Independent Reputation: Geometre and Physicien 152 -- Part III April 1741-September 1749 -- Chapter 5 Philosophe and Courtier: "Uranie" and Breteuil Du Chatelet 199 -- Chapter 6 Woman of Passions and the Historians: "La Divine Emilie" 240 -- Epilogue: 2006 286.
Summary "Gabrielle Emilie le Tonnelier de Breteuil, marquise Du Chatelet (1706-1749), might be best known for her unorthodox fifteen-year liaison with Voltaire, but she was much more than the patron, mistress, and intellectual companion of France's most famous poet and playwright. In the first decades of the French Enlightenment, although barred from even the most informal gatherings of learned men because of her sex, she wrote on the ideas of English moral philosophers and deists and on the nature of fire, light, and the cosmos itself. Her translation of Isaac Newton's Principia remains the authoritative French version to this day and her commentary on this mammoth classic demonstrated her mastery of the new calculus, a skill shared by only a dozen or so others in 1740s Europe. She even devised her own academy at her family country chateau and attracted the leading mathematicians, physicists, and philosophers of the day.
Ultimately, Du Chatelet gained recognition as a genius from the members of Europe's Republic of Letters in her lifetime." "Set against the panorama of Louis XV's France, La Dame d-Esprit is the story of a woman who strove to balance the expectations of society, the needs of the people she loved, and a rich intellectual existence. Based on more than a decade of original research, this biography brings this daring, unconventional woman to life with style and wit and demonstrates once and for all that there was indeed a great woman philosophe of the Enlightenment."--BOOK JACKET.
Subject Du Châtelet, Gabrielle Emilie Le Tonnelier de Breteuil, marquise, 1706-1749.
Authors, French -- 18th century -- Biography.
Scientists -- France -- Biography.
Feminists -- France -- Biography.
Standard Number 2433533
ISBN 0670038008 (cased) No price