Abstract / Synopsis
Today, there is a tendency to overlook the contributions of women such as Émilie du Châtelet and Mary Somerville; yet, despite numerous obstacles, they were able to make meaningful contributions to science. This review of Robyn Arianrhod’s book provides brief biographical summaries of the lives of these extraordinary women. It also considers some of the ramifications of Isaac Newton’s theory.
Throughout history, various factors have impeded women from full participation in scientific research; nevertheless, Émilie du Châtelet and Mary Somerville found and took advantage of opportunities to engage in scientific activities. This raises the question: had these women been born during contemporary times, what original scientific discoveries might they have made?
© Elizabeth A. Lamprecht
Elizabeth A. Lamprecht, "The Allure of Mathematics or Book Review: Seduced by Logic: Émilie Du Châtelet, Mary Somerville, and the Newtonian Revolution, by Robyn Arianrhod," Journal of Humanistic Mathematics, Volume 6 Issue 1 (January 2016), pages 277-284. DOI: 10.5642/jhummath.201601.18. Available at: https://scholarship.claremont.edu/jhm/vol6/iss1/18
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