google celebrates 315th birthday of french physicist émilie du châtelet

Google is celebrating the 315th birthday of Émilie du Châtelet, who was a physicist, translator, philosopher despite the exclusion of women from physics at the time.

Du Châtelet’s most influential book was her anonymously published 1740 text, “The Foundations of Physics,” which built on Isaac Newton‘s work. She also completed a translation of his “Principia,” in which Newton outlines the laws of gravity and motion, shortly before her death in 1749; in her version, she not only translated Newton’s text into French but also expanded on the math he provided.