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Émilie du Châtelet: Daring Genius of the Enlightenment

This is 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 Émilie 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, Émilie Du Châtelet captures the charm, glamour, and brilliance of this magnetic woman.

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Recommended Age Adults
Author Judith P. Zinsser
ISBN 0143112686
Publication Date Nov 27, 2007
Publisher Penguin Books
Language English