Sophie Germain and the theory of numbers

@article{Sampson1990SophieGA,
  title={Sophie Germain and the theory of numbers},
  author={Joseph H. Sampson},
  journal={Archive for History of Exact Sciences},
  year={1990},
  volume={41},
  pages={157-161}
}
  • J. Sampson
  • Published 1 June 1990
  • Mathematics
  • Archive for History of Exact Sciences
Sophie Germain had maintained mathematical contacts for some years with such savants as Lagrange and Legendre; but her mathematical career may be said to date from her first letter to C. F. Gauss, 21 November 1804, signed with the pseudonym LeBlanc. Gauss, one year her junior, had published his first great work, the Disquisitiones Arithmeticae, in 1801, and Germain's letter is concerned chiefly with the famous §357. There Gauss, using his theory of periods of the cyclotomic polynomial f(x… 

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