Emilie Chatelet

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In existographies, Emilie Chatelet (249-206 BE) (1706-1749 ACM) (IQ:180|#120) (ID:4.18|43) (RGM:783|1,350+) (PR:3,909|65AE / mathematician:70) (CR:20) (LH:1) (TL:21) was a French mathematician and physicist, noted for []


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The following are quotes by Chatelet:

“Let us reflect briefly on why for so many centuries, not one good tragedy, one good poem, one esteemed history, one beautiful painting, one good book of physics, has come from the hands of women. Why do these creatures whose understanding appears in all things equal to that of men, seem, for all that, to be stopped by an invincible force on this side of a barrier? let someone give me some explanation, if there is one. I leave it to naturalists to find a physical explanation, but until that happens, women will be entitled to protest against their education. As for me, I confess that if I were king I would wish to make this scientific experiment. I would reform an abuse that cuts out, so to speak, one half of humanity. I would allow women to share in all the rights of humanity, and most of all those of the mind.”
— Emile Chatelet (c.1740), “On Bernard Mandeville’s The Fable of the Bees” (pgs. 48-49) [1]
“Far from being subject to gravity, fire is perpetually antagonistic to it. Thus, all in nature is in perpetual oscillations of dilation and contraction caused by the action of fire on bodies and the reaction of bodies that oppose the action of fire by their weight and the cohesion of their particles.”
— Emilie Chatelet (1744), Dissertation on the Nature and Propagation of Fire (pg. #)[2]

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  1. Chatelet, Emile. (c.1740). “On Bernard Mandeville’s The Fable of the Bees”, in: Selected Philosophical and Scientific Writings (pgs. 48-49) Chicago.
  2. Anon. (2019). “First Law of Thermodynamics: History of the Concept of Energy” (YT), Kathy Loves Physics & History, Oct 14.


  • Chatelet, Emilie. (1744). Dissertation on the Nature and Propagation of Fire (Dissertation Sur: la Nature et la Propagation du Feu). Publisher.

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