She was a great man whose only fault was in being a woman. A woman who translated and explained Newton
.. a very great man.
Voltaire was her lover at one stage. She had many lovers, some of most famous intellectuals of the time.
She was an independent and gifted mathematician that lived in the 1700's.
In 1759 and she composed the only French translation of Newtons Principia Mathematica, that is still used in France to this day.
She also predicted and explained Leibnitz's experimental proof of mv2 as the definition of energy.
She had an affair with a young French soldier in her early forties and became pregnant. She died as a result of the subsequent childbirth.
She wrote on feminism herself:
"I feel the full weight of the prejudice which so universally excludes us from the sciences; it is one of the contradictions in life that has always amazed me,
.. Why these creatures whose understanding appears in every way similar to that of men, seem to be stopped by some irresistible force, this side of a barrier. Let the people give a reason, but until they do, women will have reason to protest against their education ..... If I were king I would redress an abuse that cuts back, as it were, one half of human kind. I would have women participate in all human rights, especially those of the mind
.. The new education would greatly benefit the human race. Women would be worth more and men would gain something new to emulate
I am convinced that either many women are unaware of their talents by reason of the fault in their education or they bury them on account of prejudice
.. My own experience confirms this. Chance made me aquainted with men of letters who extended the hand of friendship to me
.. I then began to believe that I was a being with a mind
(Edited by Marcus Bachler on 8/19, 10:47am)