Google chose this Friday to highlight in its doodle of the day the French Émilie du Châtelet on the occasion of the 315th anniversary of her birth.
In the portrait dedicated to her, the author of
Institutions de Physique
is described as "an unstoppable force in the development of physics".
It is described as having made the scientific literature more accessible.
Émilie du Châtelet, born Gabrielle-Émilie Le Tonnelier de Breteuil, thus "contributed to laying the foundations of modern physics," recalls Google.
She is also known for her French translations of several works written by foreign scientists.
His work on
remains the most widely used French version of the book today.
Today's #GoogleDoodle celebrates philosopher & scientist Émilie du Châtelet, who co-authored with Voltaire the first French book to simplify Newtonian physics 🇫🇷
She definitely understood the gravity of the situation!
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- Google Doodles (@GoogleDoodles) December 17, 2021
Sciences, fencing and foreign languages
It was published in 1759, ten years after the death of the one who was also a philosopher and a mathematician. Born in Paris in 1706, Émilie du Châtelet received a rare education for a young girl at that time. She acquired scientific knowledge from experts who frequently visited her aristocratic family. She also practiced fencing and spoke six languages by the age of 12.
After marrying the Marquis Florent-Claude du Châtelet, whose family owned 21,000 books, she joined forces with Voltaire, whose lover she would become to write
Newton's Elements of Philosophy
in 2738. The book, however, was not published. than under the name of the French philosopher.
A pioneer in its field, the book introduced readers to the basic elements of Newtonian physics, using terms understandable to all.
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