Nicolas de Largillière. Portrait de la Marquise du Châtelet.
Gabrielle Émilie Le Tonnelier de Breteuil, Marquise du Châtelet was a French mathematician, physicist, and author during the Age of Enlightenment. Her crowning achievement is considered to be her translation and commentary on Isaac Newton’s work Principia Mathematica. The translation, published posthumously in 1759, is still considered the standard French translation.
Voltaire, one of her lovers, declared in a letter to his friend King Frederick II of Prussia that du Châtelet was “a great man whose only fault was being a woman”.
I wrote a paper on her for my Science, Medicine, & Society in Medieval Europe class and fell in love with her. She’s so awesome.
Just hold me tight and tell me you miss me.
I took a 7 week coast to coast road trip after being laid off from Boeing. I didn’t have a camper but realized that being able to pull off the road at a rest or truck stop was the way to go to make the trip affordable. With a few sheets of 1/2” plywood and misc. hardware this is what I came up with. The effort was well worth the time and materials
when you see a map or a family tree at the front of a novel you know that shit is gonna get complicated