February 11-15th, Simpkins Lee Theatre, Lady Margaret Hall, Norham Gardens, Oxford – 2.30pm & 7.30pm
Émilie was a genius of the Enlightenment who carried out ground breaking work in mathematics, while scandalizing the French court with her flirtatious behaviour. Voltaire was one of her long-term lovers, she translated and improved Newton most famous works and was an outstanding scholar in her own right.
ElevenOne Theatre is proud to be presenting a series of three plays about great scientists and their work, during Spring and Summer 2014. Our first play is about Émilie, La Marquise du Châtelet, 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 as also a genius of the Enlightenment who carried out ground breaking work in mathematics. 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.
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