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Nothing Stopped Sophie

The Story of Unshakable Mathematician Sophie Germain

Learn the true story of eighteenth-century mathematician Sophie Germain, who solved the unsolvable to achieve her dream! When her parents took away her candles to keep their young daughter from studying math... nothing stopped Sophie. When a professor discovered that the homework sent to him under a male pen name came from a woman... nothing stopped Sophie. And when she tackled a math problem that male scholars said would be impossible to solve... still, nothing stopped Sophie.

For six years Sophie Germain used her love of math and her undeniable determination to test equations that would predict patterns of vibrations. She eventually became the first woman to win a grand prize from France's prestigious Academy of Sciences for her formula, which laid the groundwork for much of modern architecture (and can be seen in the book's illustrations). Award-winning author Cheryl Bardoe's inspiring and poetic text is brought to life by acclaimed artist Barbara McClintock's intricate pen-and-ink, watercolor, and collage illustrations in this true story about a woman who let nothing stop her.

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"McClintock depicts Germain's inner thoughts, often numbers and equations, surrounding her and at times isolating her from others. This makes the penultimate spread of Germain's prize-winning equation extending from her person and wrapping around the male scholars, even more triumphant in comparison. Extended back matter includes more about Germain's life, recommendations for further research and activities, a selected bibliography, an author's note, and an illustrator's note."— Kacy Helwick, School Library Journal

Product Details

Recommended Age 6 - 9
Author Cheryl Bardoe
Illustrator Barbara McClintock
ISBN 0316278203
Publication Date Jun 12, 2018
Publisher Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Language English