Émilie du Châtelet

Emilie_Chatelet_portrait_by_LatourÉmilie du Châtelet (France; 17 December 1706 – 10 September 1749) Mathematician, physicist, and author. She derived from Newton’s work, “Principia Mathematica”, the notion of conservation of energy. Part of this was the understanding that the kinetic energy of a moving object was equal to the mass of the object times the square of it’s velocity or MV². Albert Einstein took this further with his equation E=MC² which described the relationship between energy and matter, and how one can be converted to the other. Her scientific work was not directly related to electricity, but was so significant to understanding energy for its time she deserves a place with these other pioneers. Read more…

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