Émilie: La Marquise du Châtelet Defends Her Life Tonight

Tue 11th – Sat 15th Feb 2014

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“Sex, scandal and physics, 18th century Emilie - lover of Voltaire, and ground-breaking scholar defends her life tonight”

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SUMMARY

Émilie, La Marquise du Châtelet, was an outstanding scholar of eighteenth century France. A courtier and socialite who was married to a marquis at just eighteen, famous for her skills as a card player and the subject of much court gossip for her flirtations, Émilie was also a genius of the Enlightenment who carried out ground breaking work in mathematics and thermodynamics. While she is probably best known today for her long affair with the philosopher Voltaire, her work on the physics of energy was part of the story which led to the discovery of E = mc2. She was the first woman to be published by the Académie Royale des Sciences with her 1739 Dissertation Sur la Nature du Feu.

Admission: £12(£10)

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