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Passionate minds : Emilie Du Châtelet, Voltaire, and the great love affair of the Enlightenment

Author: David Bodanis
Publisher: New York : Three Rivers Press, ©2006.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : 1st pbk. edView all editions and formats
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"In 1733 the poet and philosopher Voltaire met Emilie du Châtelet, a beguiling--and married--aristocrat whose scientific studies would pave the way for Einstein's theory of relativity. They immediately fell in love. Through the prism of their tumultuous fifteen-year relationship, we see the crumbling of an ancient social order and the birth of the Enlightenment. The two lovers conducted scientific experiments,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Voltaire; Gabrielle Emilie Le Tonnelier de Breteuil Du Châtelet, marquise; Gabrielle Emilie Le Tonnelier de Breteuil Du Châtelet, marquise; Voltaire
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: David Bodanis
ISBN: 9780307237217 0307237214
OCLC Number: 191758155
Notes: Includes index.
Description: 373 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Contents: Before --
Meeting --
Together --
Emilie's Cirey --
Travels --
Apart --
Luneville --
Finale.
Responsibility: David Bodanis.

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"In 1733 the poet and philosopher Voltaire met Emilie du Châtelet, a beguiling--and married--aristocrat whose scientific studies would pave the way for Einstein's theory of relativity. They immediately fell in love. Through the prism of their tumultuous fifteen-year relationship, we see the crumbling of an ancient social order and the birth of the Enlightenment. The two lovers conducted scientific experiments, entertained leading thinkers, and developed radical ideas about the nature of free will, the subordination of women, and the separation of church and state. They also survived court affairs that bent but did not break their bond. Along with its riveting portrait of Voltaire as a vulnerable romantic, 'Passionate Minds' at last does justice to the unconventional life and remarkable achievements of Emile du Châtelet"--Page 4 of cover.

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