born in Paris on 17 December 1706
Du Châtelet returned to this project a number of times thereafter, making significant revisions to the original text as her ideas on the nature of fire matured and changed.
Sometime in the early 1740s she began work on her two-volume translation of and commentary on Newton's Principia.
Institutions de physique (The Foundations of Physics)
Du Châtelet sought a metaphysical basis for the Newtonian physics she embraced upon rejecting Cartesianism.
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