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Xlix.—A Learned Lady.
XLIX . —A LEARNED LADY . _~*<&—
At A Recent Meeting Of The Academig Des ...
At a recent meeting of the AcademiG des Sciences of Paris , M . Bertrand and M . Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire presented to tlieir fellow
offering acadeinieans 1 of the a relative niodest- s lo of oking their portfolio deceased fille writer d with , to , papers the learned ; the
body . . This offering was received by the Academy with great respect and interestand "was ordered to be carefully preserved _,
, among the archives of the institution . The papers in question , which had been collected with great
care for the accetance of the Academiewere the oriinal manuscripts of the works p of Mademoiselle Sop _^ hie Germain . g
Fearing that these interesting relics might be lost or destroyed if to they present remained them in to the the hands _^ Icademie of her as their family safe , the and latter natural had determined guardian .
" And who , " I fancy I hear some of my readers exclaiming , " who was Mademoiselle Sophie Germain ?"
Mademoiselle Sophie Germain , Oh beloved , but , on this particular point , too ignorant readers ! was a distinguished mathematician ,
whose life was devoted , with entire success , to the study of the hi among gher branche the other s of sex a , science and which whose is devotees still more are rarel comparativel y regarded y with rare _,
interest She was among born her in own Pari . s , on the 1 st of April , 1776 ; being
apparentl been ing auguries inclined y predestined the to draw mauvais to from disappoint p that laisan date ts most of ; and her sign parents died ally in whatever ' her circle native may unflatter city have in
-1831 , in the fifty-fifth year of her age . si Up of to the tlie vocation age of thirteen by which . Sophie she seems was afterwards to have given distinguished no especial .
She gn appears to have gone through tlie usual stages of childhood in childhood ' s usual passing like all other little irlsfrom bibs
to pinafores , and thence way ; through the phase trousers and g short , frocks , to that of incipient young-ladyhood , with its long" frocks and
turnedto up meet hair . with But a at this of period Montuala of her ' s exist ' * Hist ence ory , the of Mathematics young girl chanced ; " an
event which decided copy tlie course of her life from that hour forward . Ihe taste for mathematical inquiry awakened in her mind by the
perusal all interest of this in work every was other so subject strong , that and she could seemed not , thenceforth at once to lose , be
induced to take the slightest interest in any other pursuit . Her means family opposed in their the carry and ing did out their of her utmost new-developed by preventing tastes her by every from
field gaining of stud access y which to power books they , on regarded mathematical as utterl s y ubj forei , ects gn , to to force the female her from mind a .
But she contrived to possess herself of a copy of Bezout ; and , with ..
English Woman’s Journal (1858-1864), Jan. 1, 1860, page 333, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/ewj/issues/ewj_01011860/page/45/