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Minerva's French Sisters: Women of Science in Enlightenment France

Nina Rattner Gelbart


This book presents the stories of six intrepid women of science in eighteenth-century France whose lives and accomplishments — though celebrated in their lifetimes — have been largely written out of the history of their period: mathematician and philosopher Elisabeth Ferrand, astronomer Nicole Reine Lepaute, field naturalist Jeanne Barret, garden botanist and illustrator Madeleine Françoise Basseporte, anatomist and inventor Marie-Marguerite Biheron, and chemist Geneviève d'Arconville. By adjusting our lens we can find them. In a society where science was not yet an established profession for ... More

Keywords: eighteenth-century France, women, Elisabeth Ferrand, Nicole Reine Lepaute, Jeanne Barret, Madeleine Françoise Basseporte, Marie-Marguerite Biheron, Geneviève d'Arconville, Enlightenment society

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9780300252569
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: September 2021 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300252569.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Nina Rattner Gelbart, author
Occidental College