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[…] and Marvels has a guest post by Jennifer Ouellette on Dangerous Curves: Maria Gaetana Agnesi, 18thcentury polyglot, mathematician and […]

[…] Dangerous Curves: Maria Gaetana Agnesi A wonderful post by Jennifer Ouellette, at Wonders and Marvels last year, about “the Walking Polyglot” who could speak French, Italian, Greek, Hebrew, Spanish, German and Latin by the time she was 13, wrote a seminal mathematics textbook, and became a nun. […]
Urbano says
What a fascinating woman and book. Please enter me in the draw.
Mike says
It really is a most pleasing curve. Thanks for the added insight on Maria.
H Niyazi says
What a fascinating book!
I am pleased there is a kindle edition for those of us that live in places beyond the reach of the competition or outlets that would stock such a specialist title. Kudos to the publisher for embracing the 21st century!
Kind Regards
H Niyazi
Kathy Petersen says
I wasn’t paying attention in third grade (or was it fourth?) when the good Sisters were trying to teach me multiplication. I shied away from mathematics ever since, but the general subject is intriguing — if I don’t have to add/subtract/multiply/or divide. My arithmetic disabilities are a joke in my family, so I’d love to parade a round readin this book!
Kathy Petersen says
I wasn’t paying attention in third grade (or was it fourth?) when the good Sisters were trying to teach me multiplication. I have shied away from mathematics ever since, but the general subject is intriguing — if I don’t have to add/subtract/multiply/or divide. My arithmetic disabilities are a joke in my family, so I’d love to parade around reading this book!
Lavonda Robinette says
And of course….I will want to read this one too!
Suzanne says
Great story–thanks for the additional links.
I see a Kindle purchase in my future. 🙂
John M. Peterson says
I love these stories, especially about women in science and mathematics. One favorite is Emile DeChantilier, from the movie E =mc^2. these are wonderful teaching stories to get nonscience majors hooked.
Ruby Johnson says
When I think of famous mathematicians, I think of Sir Christopher Wren, Lewis Carroll (the author) and Einstein. So it is wonderful to know that there is one woman who excelled in mathematics even though she chose to hide her talent to protect herself.
Thanks for sharing this review. I would love to be entered into the drawing.
Varshini says
to kids it is a nice information
Enver Hoxha says
Nowadays nobody stops women from doing mathematics – and yet they still don’t count. Just as they can’t compete with men in chess, for instance.
Sorry, ladies, mere ideology is not enough. Communism has already proven this.