# Famous female French scientist of the 1700's:

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What was the name of the famous French female scientist/mathematician of the 1700's that provided the basis for Einstein's famous equation E = mc^2

Hint: She discovered E = mv^2 and thereby discovered Kinetic Energy.

posted Sep 18, 2016

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Émilie du Châtelet

Gabrielle Émilie Le Tonnelier de Breteuil (17 December 1706 – 10 September 1749) was a French mathematician, physicist, and author. Her most celebrated achievement is considered to be her translation of and commentary on Isaac Newton's work Principia Mathematica. The translation, published posthumously in 1759, is still considered the standard French translation. Her commentary includes a profound contribution to Newtonian mechanics—the postulate of an additional conservation law for total energy, of which kinetic energy of motion is one element.

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