Sophie s Diary A Mathematical Novel The French mathematician Sophie Germain was the first woman in the history of mathematics to make a substantial contribution to the proof of Fermat s Last Theorem Much published research about Germain

The French mathematician Sophie Germain was the first woman in the history of mathematics to make a substantial contribution to the proof of Fermat s Last Theorem Much published research about Germain focuses on her mathematical feats, made under an assumed male name, yet no biography has explained how Germain learned mathematics before that time Sophie s Diary A MathemThe French mathematician Sophie Germain was the first woman in the history of mathematics to make a substantial contribution to the proof of Fermat s Last Theorem Much published research about Germain focuses on her mathematical feats, made under an assumed male name, yet no biography has explained how Germain learned mathematics before that time Sophie s Diary A Mathematical Novel is an attempt to answer this question It chronicles the coming of age of a teenager learning mathematics on her own, growing up during the most turbulent years of the French Revolution The fictionalised diary uses mathematics and historically accurate accounts of the social chaos that reigned in Paris between 1789 and 1794 to describe Germain s remarkable learning journey The intellectual and personal struggles of this exceptional young woman will inspire a variety of readers, both students and teachers, mathematicians and novices.

While this is a work of fiction, literally every entry in the “diary” of Sophie Germain could plausibly be true. Germain was a woman that grew up in France in the last quarter of the eighteenth century, when the social norms were that women did not engage in intellectual pursuits. These norms were strongly enforced; it was very difficult for a woman to get any kind of an education in mathematics or any other science.A strong-willed girl, Sophie was determine to learn mathematics and she did [...]