Today’s Birthday: SOPHIE GERMAIN (1776) a mathematician

Sophie Germain (1776)

Growing up during the French Revolution, a young Germain turned to her father’s library for entertainment and discovered a passion for mathematics. Despite facing opposition due to her gender, the self-taught Germain was eventually able to attend the lectures of the French Academy of Sciences. She corresponded by mail with a number of prominent mentors, including mathematician Carl Friedrich Gauss, by using a male pseudonym. How did Gauss discover that Germain was a woman? More… Discuss

2 responses to “Today’s Birthday: SOPHIE GERMAIN (1776) a mathematician

  1. Hi,
    I featured her in one of my Walk On articles last year. She was a fantastic woman with a lot of courage and humility.


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