Emilie du Chatelet, French physicist

Emilie du Chatelet, French physicist

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Caption: Emilie du Chatelet. Portrait of the French physicist Emilie du Chatelet (1706-1749). Du Chatelet is best known for her translation of Isaac Newton's Principia Mathematica which was published after her death. She studied languages, literature, mathematics, music and science, and lived in Paris where she met Voltaire in 1733. Although married to another man she lived with him for 15 years. When Voltaire fled Paris they moved to her husband's chateau at Cirey. There they studied the nature of fire, heat and light. Her publications include Institutions de physique (1740) and Dissertation sur la nature et la propagation du feu (1744).

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