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Maria Gaetana Agnesi

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Hannah Simons

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Transcript of Maria Gaetana Agnesi

By: Hannah Simons
Period 3
5/21/13 Maria Gaetana Agnesi Maria Gaetana Agnesi -She was born in Milan, Italy, on May 16, 1718.

-She passed away on January 9, 1799, the circumstances of her death are unknown. Early Life Agnesi was born into a wealthy and literate family.
She was recognized as a child prodigy by the age of five
At thirteen years of age, she could speak Italian, French, Greek, Hebrew, Spanish, German, and Latin.
Her mother died while she was young, so it was her duty as the oldest to teach her 21 younger siblings.
Contributions to Mathematics She was considered the first woman in the western world to recieve a reputation in mathematics.
She wrote many books relating philosophy and mathematics.
Her first book was on differential and integral calculus. How Her Work Has Survived In her mind, she saw the Y axis as the horizontal line, and X as the vertical. This was an interesting idea that helped open up some people's minds that they would have otherwise had trouble seeing. She also had quite a big impact on the field of differential calculus.

After her father died, she immediately gave up her work in math, and studied theology. Early Life(continued) When she was 9 years old, she wrote and delivered an hour long speech on woman's rights to be educated to some of the most distinguished intellects of this time.
At fifteen, her father gathered a group of the most learned men around, with who she discussed deep philosophical questions. Her Father Maria wanted to join a covenant, but her father disproves of this plan
She was shy and did not enjoy the way her father constantly pressed her to speak in front of people, so her father allowed her retreat from society to focus on the study of mathematics.
What got her interested in Math? All of her life, she always wanted to study religion, and become a nun, but her father was against it.
Mathematics was her compromise.

During the Italian Renessaince, intellectual women were admired by men and were never ridiculed
During his time, women were able to help with many extroardinary discoveries in many fields including mathematics and medicine. Bibliography "Maria Gaetana Agnesi." Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, 24 May 2013. Web. 29 May 2013

"Maria Gaetana Agnesi." Maria Gaetana Agnesi. N.p., n.d. Web. 29 May 2013.

"Maria Gaetana Agnesi (Italian Mathematician)." Encyclopedia Britannica Online. Encyclopedia Britannica, n.d. Web. 29 May 2013 THE END!!!!
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