Emilie Du Chatelet (READ)
Ightenment is a thorough biography Zinsser delves Emilie s
mathematical and scientific findings perhaps than Bodanis while taking time on Emilie s life Bodanis who divides his time and scientific findings perhaps than Bodanis while taking time on Emilie s life than Bodanis who divides his time Du Chatelet Voltaire With that said I still believe Bodanis did a better job painting a interesting rounded picture of Emilie s life I felt I came to know her on the pages of Bodanis s Passionate Minds I would suggest the reader start with that book before moving onto Zinsser s biography The Enlightenment was a period of great intellectual growth and independence and much of what we believe today about democracy and society come form thsi time period One gets the feeling that everyone in hte 18th century sat around at elegant salons and talked about philosophy and science but of course the slaons were only for a priveleged few and the Enlightenment "May Have A Been Period Of Great Growth For Many "have a been period of great growth for many men but the participation of women was much limited and ambivelantCertainly there were a number of salons hosted by women during this period but few of them invited women to be guests In addition for many women being a salonierre was the only way they could get involved in the great movement but there were women who studied and read and wrote Emilie du Chatelet was one of those womenIt wasn t easy for her becuase he decision to write and study reuired the active support of the men in her life and her work was often interrupted by her fmaily responsibilities I think many women nowadays could say the same thing Du Chatelet became intrigued by math and science when she was in her late twenties She was insatiable and determined and to learn geometry and calculus she finally learned these well enough to translate Newton and write a defense of Leibnitz She was ridiculed and gossiped about but she persevered and managed to be both a successful wifemother and a geometreDu Chatelet was one of the exceptions to the rule She managed to find her way in the Enlightenment without hosting a salon and to hold her own with men This is one of the first history books I ve read by a female historian at least that I can specifically remember Notable because Zinsser s storytelling Du Ch telet s included details and snark that I can t see a male historian writingI picked this book up because it s a time period that interests me and the summary said that Emilie was Voltaire s lover Oh l l she was so much In this book Judith P Zinsser introduces us to one of the most influential Enlightenment thinkers whose writings and translations helped advance science and math She also explains why Du Ch telet was brilliant without any understanding of physics reuired by the reader Even though I know I won t understand the science or math I now want to read Du Ch telet for myself I definitely recommend this biography History demands her entitlement her erasure from history almost violent A scientist and scholarwith a life full of color Emilie du Ch telet Genius of the Enlightenment I couldn t finish this well written carefully researched biography Zinsser uses a lot of background descriptonsl as well as a lot of stories about Voltaire et al to flesh out the limited material about Chatelet Starting with three introductions she presents an interesting discussion of the choices we have in representing a life Her effort to discover what facilitated this apparently frivolous aristocrat to become a scholar of note while unconvincing got me thinking about how subtle the forces that turn a life on one direction or another can be I got impatient however looking for a thorough discussion of her ideas and her intellectual accomplishments. Cting a highly visible affair with a commoner writing philosophical works and translating Newton's Principia while pregnant by a ounger lover With the sweep of Galileo's Daughter Emilie Du Châtelet captures the charm glamour and brilliance of this magnetic woman.
based on a deep abiding love for theon a deep abiding love for the evident by his devastation upon her death after giving birth to their daughter The reader who prefers to believe in happy endings would certainly be content with believing Zinsser s telling of Chatelet s life but for those who are prone to suspecting Saint Lambert s duplicity for which Bodanis shows adeuate proof then Passionate Minds is in line with what actually occurred between the twoA fan of history the study of Voltaire was what initially led me to discover and then study Emilie du Chatelet What turned out to be a pleasant surprise was what I discovered Du Chatelet turned out to be the compelling subject of the two Both Zinsser Bodanis are united in their opinion of Voltaire History would have us
believe that Voltaire was a one dimensional character an enlightened philosopher moral in his beliefsthat Voltaire was a one dimensional character an enlightened philosopher moral in his beliefs deeds a man of science and words the greatest of his day Both Passionate Minds and Daring Genius compel us to see Voltaire in a accurate light a man of deep flaws insecure and shallow a hypochondriac who was capable of making himself ill when the world did not bend to what he perceived was right When Voltaire met Du Chatelet she uickly outpaced him in her ability to perceive and comprehend the intricate workings of the mind Most likely one of the greatest reasons for Voltaire s break from Emilie was based on his insecurity Emilie came from an aristocratic lineage which most likely provided her with the confidence to persevere when life placed obstacles in her way Voltaire who came from a humble background seemed to struggle when he perceived the slightest hint of trouble Both moved on with their lives after their love affair ended but what remained was a bond that could not be broken But to remember Emilie Du Chatelet simply as Voltaire s lover is to lose the most important aspect of who she really was Emilie Du Chatelet was a brilliant passionate mind a woman far ahead of her timeEmilie Du Chatelet deserves to be studied Zinsser s Daring Genius of the Enl. Er de Breteuil Maruise Du Châtelet 1706 1749 was than a great man's mistress After marrying a maruis at the age of eighteen she proceeded to fulfill the prescribed and delightfully frivolous role of a French noblewoman of her time But she also challenged it condu. Excellent Run to not walk to nearest library or bookstore Just as the Maruise Du Chatelet balanced the duties of noble society with science Ms Zinsser balances in the telling I could only shake my head that we miss so much of the really amazing history of humanity as we continue to ignore remarkable women like Du Chatelet Amazing life great book An interesting if genuinely sad biography of the Maruise Du Chatelet noblewoman lover of Voltaire whom it
turns out was uite the handful and mathematical savant whose workout was uite the handful and mathematical savant whose work the theories of Leibniz and Newton provided France with its first comprehensible translations of some of the most fundamental treatises in physics Shackled by her culture she still managed to make a significant contribution to its sciences I take heart in knowing she could not have wished for a thorough and thoroughly empathetic biographer I commend the author for taking the time to research the life of Emilie Du Chatelet and the lives of those in her circle Zinsser prefaces the book in stating that much of Du Chatelet s life is unknown until after she was 30 or so So while this is by no means the authors fault I can t say that I wasn t disappointed Zinsser compensates for this loss by describing what life in 18th century France was like for the class that Du Chatelet was a part of and speculates what her life might have been like based off of information from her parents lives and goods More explicit details of Du Chatelet s live occupy the remaining two thirds of the bookTo sum up Zinsser does her best to paint a detailed picture of what Du Chatelet s life was like with the scattered and sparse information recorded about her You will end up learning much "About Voltaire The Big Players In Physics "Voltaire the big players in physics 18th century France and Europe and life of nobility in France during this time Another great book although progress was much slower because of all the scientific and philosophical ideas presented Emilie
du chatelet was a philosopher in her ownChatelet was a philosopher in her own not merely Voltaire s married well connected mistress In fact Voltaire owed a lot of his success to her She was a noblewoman with royal access a brilliant mind and ardent devotion Her passions were science and mathematics and she did not shy away from writing down and publishing her views of the great debates of the day on metaphysics physics and religion Her life as a courtier in the time of the Regency and Louis XV s court at Versailles took up much of her time as she had to arrange promotions for her husband and son and see to her daughter s marriage her families estates and businesses maintain her etat among the freuently vicious atmosphere of the nobles plying for favor and keep up correspondence with royalty philosophes and friends alike She could have spent her life in frivolity dressing herself elaborately multiple times a day visiting palaces attending the theater gambling and taking part in the salons of the haute noblesse but she fell in love with Voltaire and turned away from the life of Paris to retreat to the countryside and live a life of the mind and join the Republic of Letters The staggering amount of detail that Zinsser has included is never boring and she pieces together the elements of a life that was sidelined throughout history in favor of telling a conventional tale of a rich woman consumed by lust and masuerading as a woman of intelligence Even if IFRS For Dummies you don t remember much about Voltaire fromour high school history classes if American Pie you love history and particularly women s contributions to itou will enjoy this biography The most interesting part of this bookMy professor wrote this while I was in her Wome. 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 ear liaison with Voltaire Gabrielle Emilie le Tonneli.