Forgotten Thinkers: Émilie du Châtelet

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Émilie du Châtelet was a was a French natural philosopher and mathematician most known for her translation and commentary on Newton’s Principia, via Wow STEM

In addition to her studies of mathematics, du Châtelet used her expertise in languages to translate some very important scientific works into French. Her most famous translation is Newton’s Principia, translated from Latin into French.

You may have heard of some of Newton’s ideas in your science classes– he formalized concepts of forces and acceleration, of inertia and gravity. Du Châtelet’s translation of his work into French spread these ideas to the European continent and undoubtedly sparked many advancements in science. The work was more than just a direct translation of Newton’s text, though! Du Châtelet added some of her own ideas and derivations, too, including the very first derivation of the Law of Conservation of Energy.

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