Emilie Du Chatelet: Daring Genius of the Enlightenment [NOOK Book]

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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 Ch?telet (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 ...
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Emilie Du Chatelet: Daring Genius of the Enlightenment

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Overview

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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101201848
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 11/27/2007
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 384
  • File size: 791 KB

Meet the Author

Judith P. Zinsser is co-author of the landmark two-volume history of European women, A History of Their Own, and teaches at Miami University in Ohio. A recognized expert on the Marquise Du Châtelet, she was featured in October on the PBS Nova special Einstein’s Big Idea.
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Table of Contents


Prologue: 1749     1
December 1706-June 1735
The Families: Daughter and Wife     13
Daughter to the Baron de Breteuil
Daughter 10 Gabrielle Anne de Froullay, Baronne de Breteuil
A New Hypothesis
Betrothal and Marriage to the Marquis Du Chatelet-Lomont
Family and Children
Households and Finances
"Les Choses Frivoles"
Victor Esprit
The Republic of Letters: The Prodigy     62
The Meeting
The Prodigy and the Mathematicians
The Courtship: 1733-34
Voltaire in Danger: April 1734
The Decision: June 1735
July 1735-March 1741
"Mon Academie": Chatelaine of Cirey     105
The Duties of a Chatelaine
"Paradise on Earth"
"Storms in Paradise"
Collaboration on the Traite de metaphysique
Co-autbor of the Elements de la philosophie de Newton
An Independent Reputation: Geometre and Physicien     152
Experiments with Fire
Publication in the Republic of Letters
Institutions de Physique
Challenges and Victory
April 1741-September 1749
Philosophe and Courtier: "Uranie" and Breteuil Du Chatelet     199
Challenges of New Varieties: 1741-42
Recognition as a Philosophe: "Uranie" The Examens de la Bible
A Courtier at Versailles and Fontainebleau
Success for the Family: Breteuil Du Chatelet
Advancing Voltaire's Career and Winning the Prize
The Woman of Passions and the Historians: "La Divine Emilie"     240
Translating Newton's Principia
Voltaire's Changes of Heart
The Commentaire on Newton's "System of the World"
FromVersailles to Sceaux to Luneville
The Grand Passion of a Lifetime
"To Risk All for All"
Death and Memory
Epilogue: 2006     286
Acknowledgments     293
Notes     296
Bibliography     352
Index     366
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