Maria Gaetana Agnesi: Mathematics and the Making of the Catholic Enlightenment

@article{Mazzotti2001MariaGA,
  title={Maria Gaetana Agnesi: Mathematics and the Making of the Catholic Enlightenment},
  author={M. Mazzotti},
  journal={Isis},
  year={2001},
  volume={92},
  pages={657 - 683}
}
Maria Gaetana Agnesi (1718-1799) is known as the author of a textbook on calculus that appeared in Milan in 1748. For the first time a woman was able to establish herself as a legitimate mathematician and publish her work. This essay reconstructs the religious and scientific culture in which the textbook originated and considers lesser-known aspects of Agnesi's life and thought. It argues that Agnesi was a principal exponent of the "Catholic Enlightenment" in Italy and that her spiritual… Expand
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