Sophie Germain pp 199-204 | Cite as

Unanswered Questions

Part of the Springer Biographies book series (SPRINGERBIOGS)


There are many unanswered questions about Sophie Germain. Who taught her basic mathematics when she was a child? What exactly drove her to take a man’s name to communicate her work to the leading mathematicians of her time? Why did she pursue research in mathematical physics while her desire was to work in number theory? What gave her the inspiration and the extraordinary courage to compete in the most prestigious mathematical prize in Europe? Answering these and many other questions would help us paint a better portrait of the woman behind the mathematics.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of Texas at ArlingtonArlingtonUSA

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