Prof’s novel profiles historical mathematician

Dora Musielak, an adjunct professor of physics and aerospace engineering, has taken on the mystery of how a woman growing up in late-18th century France came out of nowhere to make a name for herself with the world’s most renowned mathematicians.

The Mathematical Association of America recently republished Sophie’s Diary: A Mathematical Novel. In the 279-page book, Dr. Musielak uses fiction to take up where records about mathematician Sophie Germain leave off.

The author follows Germain from ages 13 to 17, during the years 1789 to 1793. She hopes the novel inspires mathematicians, especially young women, and informs the world about Germain’s contributions.

Read more about Musielak’s book.

Source: MavWire

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