Sophie Germain pp 147-186 | Cite as

Friends, Rivals, and Mentors

  • Dora MusielakEmail author
Part of the Springer Biographies book series (SPRINGERBIOGS)


Sophie Germain was ill at ease by unwelcome attention. She may have been rude and even quick-tempered with those who treated her condescendingly. At the peak of her career, she displayed arrogance unexpected in a woman of her time, and she fought back with those who did not take her work seriously.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of Texas at ArlingtonArlingtonUSA

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