Selected Philosophical and Scientific Writings

Paperback (Print)
Used and New from Other Sellers
Used and New from Other Sellers
from $37.63
Usually ships in 1-2 business days
(Save 5%)
Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (5) from $37.63   
  • New (4) from $37.63   
  • Used (1) from $45.74   

Overview

Though most historians remember her as the mistress of Voltaire, Emilie Du Châtelet (1706–49) 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 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 history and philosophy. For this edition, Judith P. Zinsser has selected key sections from Du Châtelet’s published and unpublished works, as well as related correspondence, part of her little-known critique of the Old and New Testaments, and a treatise on happiness that is a refreshingly uncensored piece of autobiography—making all of them available for the first time in English. The resulting volume will recover Châtelet’s place in the pantheon of French letters and culture. 

Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780226168074
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press
  • Publication date: 9/1/2009
  • Series: The Other Voice in Early Modern Europe Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 456
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Judith P. Zinsser is professor of history and an affiliate in the women’s studies program at Miami University. She is the author of Emilie Du Châtelet: Daring Genius of the Enlightenment.

Isabelle Bour is professor of eighteenth-century English studies at the Sorbonne.

Read More Show Less

Table of Contents

Series Editors’ Introduction

Volume Editors’ Introduction

Volume Editors’ Bibliography

I Bernard Mandeville’s The Fable of the Bees

Volume Editors’ Introduction

Related Letters

Translator’s Preface for The Fable of the Bees

Table of Du Châtelet’s Choices for Translation from Bernard Mandeville’s The Fable of the Bees

II Dissertation on the Nature and Propagation of Fire

Volume Editor’s Introduction

Related Letters

From the Dissertation

III Foundations of Physics

Volume Editor’s Introduction

Letters Related to the Foundations

From Foundations of Physics

 

IV Examinations of the Bible

Volume Editor’s Introduction

Related Letters

Examination of the Books of the Old Testament

Examination of the Books of the New Testament

 

V  Commentary on Newton’s Principia

Volume Editor’s Introduction

Related Letters

From the Commentary on Newton’s Principia

 

VI Discourse on Happiness

Volume Editor’s Introduction

Related Letters

Discourse on Happiness

Series Editors’ Bibliography

Index

Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)