Emilie: La Marquise Du Châtelet Defends Her Life Tonight 01/12–02/03Buy Tickets
TRENTON—Open Book will present Lauren Gunderson’s Emilie: La Marquise Du Châtelet Defends Her Life Tonight from January 12 through February 3. Individual show tickets are $20, $15 for students and seniors, $30 for opening night, and are available online at www.openbooktc.com.
Emilie introduces us to a woman brilliant scientist in 18th century France. She was ahead of her time, furthering the work of recognized male scientists (philosophers, they were called at the time) Newton and Liebniz. She was a lover and muse for Voltaire. Her translation for Newton’s major work Principia Mathematica is still the French translation in use today. Her work on the squaring of velocity in an equation for force was the forerunner to Einstein’s E=mc2. And she’s nearly been forgotten.