I am trying another review format. This is a book that many libraries missed.
Zinsser, Judith. La Dame d'Esprit: A Biography of the Marquis Du Chatelet. Viking, 2006. 376 pp. Bibliography; Index; Notes in back; Photos. ISBN 0670038008
What would you do if you were bored with your marriage? Gabrielle Emilie le Tonnelier de Breteuil, the marquise Du Chatelet, wrote treatises on mathematics and physics, translated
Subjects: Du Chatelet, Gabrielle Emilie le Tonnelier de Breteuil; France; French Enlightenment; Genius; Mathematicians; Physicists; Women Scientists
Story Elements: Controversy; Reassessment of life; Romance; Whole life
Tone: Admiring; Sympathetic
Style: Scholarly; Narrative
Now Try: Naked in the Marketplace: The Lives of George Sand by Benita Eisler, a story of a French woman who competed with men in literature instead of science. She was also infamous for her love affairs. For more on the Du Chatelet-Voltaire relationship, try a book with a really long title, Passionate Minds: the Great Love Affair of the Enlightenment, Featuring the Scientist Emilie Du Châtelet, the Poet Voltaire, Sword Fights, Book Burnings, Assorted Kings, Seditious Verse, and the Birth of the Modern World by David Bodanis.