Passionate Minds: The Great Scientific Affair (BOK)

David Bodanis

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Emilie du Chatelet was one of the greatest thinkers of the 18th century, a woman whose work was of vital use to Einstein and who, until now, has been largely ignored by history. Fiercely intellectual and passionate, Emilie's relationship with Voltaire was as radical as her thinking; only after swordfights, wild affairs and rigging the French national lottery did the two finally find love together. In an isolated chateau they combined their unique talents, producing theories more than a century ahead of their time. Voltaire challenged the social norms and great injustices of the era, as well as expanding on Newton's Laws. When they ran out of money, Emilie, with her razor-sharp mathematics, would gamble in Versailles. Their progressive thinking won them only public scorn and even imprisonment in the Bastille for Voltaire. When their love finally ended, Emilie found happiness in an independent life until, tragically, she became pregnant. Then in her forties, it meant almost-certain death in childbirth. Voltaire returned to comfort her in her last months, when she wrote some of her most important work.

Produktfakta

Språk Engelsk Engelsk Innbinding Innbundet
Utgitt 2007 Forfatter David Bodanis
Forlag
Abacus
ISBN 9780349119076
Antall sider 336 Dimensjoner 12,6cm x 19,8cm x 2,4cm
Vekt 281 gram Leverandør Bertram Trading Ltd
Emner og form European history, Biography: historical, political & military, Modern history to 20th century: c 1700 to c 1900, Early modern history: c 1450/1500 to c 1700