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There are many unanswered questions about Sophie Germain. Who taught her basic mathematics when she was a child? What exactly drove her to take a man’s name to communicate her work to the leading mathematicians of her time? Why did she pursue research in mathematical physics while her desire was to work in number theory? What gave her the inspiration and the extraordinary courage to compete in the most prestigious mathematical prize in Europe? Answering these and many other questions would help us paint a better portrait of the woman behind the mathematics.
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See Œuvres de Lagrange, Vol. 14, p. 286.
Cette lettre, dont l’original existe à la Bibliothèque national Acquisitions nouvelles, no. 4073, fo. 22), a été publiée par M. Charles Henry dans la Revue philosophique, t. VIII, p. 633, année 1879.
Stupuy (1896), p. 224.
Correspondance de Sophie GERMAIN.
Bugge (2003), p. 61.
Ibid., p. 63.
Stupuy (1896), p. 398.
Ibid., p. 96: Le Createur de l’univers n’a pas commencé; il ne doit pas finir: il est éternel.
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