Emilie du Chatelet Daring Genius of the Enlightenment

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Book details

List price: $16.00
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/27/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 384
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.792
Language: English

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 Chtelet (17061749) was more than a great mans mistress. After marrying a marquis at the age of eighteen, she proceeded to fulfill the prescribedand delightfully frivolousrole 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 Newtons Principiawhile pregnant by a younger lover. With the sweep of Galileos Daughter, Emilie Du Chtelet captures the charm, glamour, and brilliance of this magnetic woman.

Prologue: 1749
December 1706-June 1735
The Families: Daughter and Wife
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
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
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
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
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"
Translating Newton's Principia
Voltaire's Changes of Heart
The Commentaire on Newton's "System of the World"
From Versailles to Sceaux to Luneville
The Grand Passion of a Lifetime
"To Risk All for All"
Death and Memory
Epilogue: 2006
Acknowledgments
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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