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Springer Biographies

Sophie Germain

Revolutionary Mathematician

Authors: Musielak, Dora

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  • First comprehensive biography of French mathematician Sophie Germain describing her contributions to mathematics and her efforts to prove Fermat’s Last Theorem
  • Includes many lesser-known facts about Sophie Germain and her contemporaries, including Gauss, Legendre, Lagrange, Libri, Poisson, Fourier, and Cauchy.
  • Fully referenced, this book offers a unique perspective on the scientific environment that flourished in nineteenth-century France
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About this book

This biography of the mathematician, Sophie Germain, paints a rich portrait of a brilliant and complex woman, the mathematics she developed, her associations with Gauss, Legendre, and other leading researchers, and the tumultuous times in which she lived.

Sophie Germain stood right between Gauss and Legendre, and both publicly recognized her scientific efforts. Unlike her female predecessors and contemporaries, Sophie Germain was an impressive mathematician and made lasting contributions to both number theory and the theories of plate vibrations and elasticity. She was able to walk with ease across the bridge between the fields of pure mathematics and engineering physics. Though isolated and snubbed by her peers, Sophie Germain was the first woman to win the prize of mathematics from the French Academy of Sciences. She is the only woman who contributed to the proof of Fermat’s Last Theorem.

In this unique biography, Dora Musielak has done the impossible―she has chronicled Sophie Germain’s brilliance through her life and work in mathematics, in a way that is simultaneously informative, comprehensive, and accurate.

About the authors

Dr. Dora Musielak is a Research Professor at the University of Texas-Arlington where she teaches advanced mathematics to doctoral students of science and engineering. She is a NASA Fellow and recipient of other honors. Passionate about the history of science, Dora Musielak is the author of Sophie’s Diary, a mathematical novel published by the Mathematical Association of America (MAA), and The Princess and the Mathematician, short stories based on the exact sciences. In 2018 she published Euler Celestial Analysis, a biography of Leonhard Euler that highlights his contributions to mathematical astronomy.

 

Table of contents (14 chapters)

Table of contents (14 chapters)

Buy this book

eBook $64.99
price for USA in USD (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-030-38375-6
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $84.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-3-030-38374-9
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Sophie Germain
Book Subtitle
Revolutionary Mathematician
Authors
Series Title
Springer Biographies
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-38375-6
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-38375-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-38374-9
Series ISSN
2365-0613
Edition Number
2
Number of Pages
XVII, 254
Number of Illustrations
47 b/w illustrations, 7 illustrations in colour
Additional Information
Originally published with the title: Prime Mystery: The Life and Mathematics of Sophie Germain
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