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Sophie Germain was born with a natural talent and a love for mathematics-but she was also born at a time when it was deemed unacceptable for a woman to pursue serious intellectual study. She was determined, though, and would not let anything stand in her pursuit of mathematics.
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Overview

Sophie Germain was born with a natural talent and a love for mathematics-but she was also born at a time when it was deemed unacceptable for a woman to pursue serious intellectual study. She was determined, though, and would not let anything stand in her pursuit of mathematics.
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Children's Literature - Sue Poduska
Even today, few people recognize the mathematical achievements of Sophie Germain. She lived in a time when no one thought women were capable of a true understanding of higher math. In this volume of the "Profiles in Mathematics" series, we learn of the difficulties she faced as a female mathematician and of the influence she had in the field. The author creates a vivid picture of her life and does a good job of explaining what her contributions were. Because women were discouraged from scientific interests, she was forced to teach herself calculus and related fields. So she was often handicapped by the lack of formal training. This did not stop her from pursuit of the prix extraordinaire, a prize sometimes given by the French Academy of Sciences (then called the National Institute of Sciences and Arts) for great accomplishments. Her work helped advance the idea of elasticity, which makes large buildings possible, including the Eiffel Tower. She also worked on a famous problem called "Fermat's Last Theorem." However, she never felt a part of the inner circle of mathematicians. The book includes numerous illustrations and sidebars, a timeline, bibliography, website list, and index. Reviewer: Sue Poduska
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781599350622
  • Publisher: Morgan Reynolds Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/1/2008
  • Series: Profiles in Mathematics Series
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 112
  • Age range: 12 - 15 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 10

Chapter 1 Finding Inspiration 13

Chapter 2 Monsieur LeBlanc and Professor Lagrange 24

Chapter 3 Her Burning Effort 34

Chapter 4 Protecting a Kindred Spirit 39

Chapter 5 Visible Music 50

Chapter 6 Vibrating Plates 62

Chapter 7 In the Realm of Pure Mathematics 72

Chapter 8 Closed Doors 84

Chapter 9 Daughter of Genius 93

Timeline 102

Sources 104

Bibliography 108

Web sites 110

Index 111

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