2020 | Book
Sophie Germain
Revolutionary Mathematician
Book Series: Springer Biographies
Author: Prof. Dora Musielak
Publisher: Springer International Publishing
Print ISBN: 978-3-030-38374-9
Electronic ISBN: 978-3-030-38375-6
2020 | Book
Book Series: Springer Biographies
Author: Prof. Dora Musielak
Publisher: Springer International Publishing
Print ISBN: 978-3-030-38374-9
Electronic ISBN: 978-3-030-38375-6
This biography of the mathematician, Sophie Germain, paints a rich portrait of a brilliant and complex woman, the mathematics she developed, her associations with Gauss, Legendre, and other leading researchers, and the tumultuous times in which she lived.
Sophie Germain stood right between Gauss and Legendre, and both publicly recognized her scientific efforts. Unlike her female predecessors and contemporaries, Sophie Germain was an impressive mathematician and made lasting contributions to both number theory and the theories of plate vibrations and elasticity. She was able to walk with ease across the bridge between the fields of pure mathematics and engineering physics. Though isolated and snubbed by her peers, Sophie Germain was the first woman to win the prize of mathematics from the French Academy of Sciences. She is the only woman who contributed to the proof of Fermat’s Last Theorem.
In this unique biography, Dora Musielak has done the impossible―she has chronicled Sophie Germain’s brilliance through her life and work in mathematics, in a way that is simultaneously informative, comprehensive, and accurate.
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