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Emilie Du Chatelet: Daring Genius of the Enlightenment by Judith P. Zinsser

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Emilie Du Chatelet: Daring Genius of the Enlightenment
Author: Judith P. Zinsser
eBook Title: Emilie Du Chatelet: Daring Genius of the Enlightenment
Category: Literature & Fiction
Rating: 3.6
Votes: 340
Formats: PDF, FB2, EPUB, DJVU
ISBN: 0143112686
ISBN13: 978-0143112686
Publisher: Penguin Books; Reprint edition (November 27, 2007)
Language: English
Subcategory: History & Criticism
The captivating biography of the French aristocrat who balanced the demands of her society with passionate affairs of the heart and a brilliant life of the mind

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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