Did you know that Emilie du Chatelet was born today in 1706? She was a French mathematician, and scientist. Emilie was also the author of many scientific and philosophical books. During her studies, she made a hypothesis about kinetic energy (energy from motion) and the law of conservation of total energy. One of her greatest achievements was translating Isaac Newton’s Principia Mathematica from Latin to French. Although her translation was published in 1759, it was so well done it is still in use today.
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Emilie’s full name is “Gabrielle Émilie Le Tonnelier de Breteuil, marquise du Châtelet”
Emilie du Chatelet was good friends with Voltaire.