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Selected Philosophical and Scientific Writings
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Selected Philosophical and Scientific Writings

Emilie Du Chatelet and Judith P. Zinsser

Abstract

Though most historians remember her as the mistress of Voltaire, Emilie Du Châtelet (1706–1749) was an accomplished writer in her own right, who published multiple editions of her scientific writings during her lifetime, as well as a translation of Isaac Newton's Principia Mathematica that is still the standard edition of that work in French. Had she been a man, her reputation as a member of the eighteenth-century French intellectual elite would have been assured. In the 1970s, feminist historians of science began the slow work of recovering Du Châtelet's writings and her contributions to hist ... More

Keywords: Emilie Du Châtelet, Isaac Newton, Principia Mathematica, Old Testament, New Testament, French intellectual elite, history of science, philosophy, Voltaire

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780226168067
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226168081.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Emilie Du Chatelet, author

Judith P. Zinsser, editor