Seduced by Logic: Emilie du Chatelet, Mary Somerville

    Seduced by Logic: Emilie du Chatelet, Mary Somerville

    and the Newtonian Revolution

    Robyn Arianrhod

    Oxford University Press 2012

    Hardback 344pp

    9780199931613   Product Code: 18909

    Robyn Arianrhod celebrates the key contribution of two women to the acceptance of Newton's theory of gravitation. In the late 1740s 'the wonderfully outrageous Emilie du Chatelet' translated his Principia into French. Almost a century later 'the charmingly subversive Mary Somerville' became a world authority on Newtonian physics, despite being denied entry to university because of her gender. This book tells the story of these women and the radical ideas that inspired them to pioneer popular science writing.

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