I remember Sofya, by George, Gösta, Julia and all the rest

  • Michèle Audin


At my first meeting with my gifted pupil in October 1858 I saw an eight-year-old girl rather strongly built, of a pleasant and attractive appearance, whose brown eyes shone with a receptive intelligence and a heartfelt kindness. […] Three or four years of entirely successful lessons passed without the occurrence of anything notable. But when our study of geometry reached the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter […] my pupil, when explaining this topic in the next lesson, astonished me by arriving at the same result in a completely different way using her own reasoning.


Marginal Note Attractive Appearance Youthful Appearance High Academic Degree Woman Mathematician 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institut de recherche mathématique avancéeUniversité de Strasbourg et CNRSStrasbourg CedexFrance

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