I have been working on a biography of Maria Gaetana Agnesi, a little-known eighteenth-century child prodigy. Maria was a linguist, mathematician, and humanitarian, and a celebrity in her day. Unfortunately, there have been many myths published about her, both in print and on the Internet. I have created the blog as a place to separate the facts from the myth.
Among her many accomplishments, Maria published an acclaimed math textbook that featured illustrations by a noted Italian artist. Here is one of the illustrations from the book:
June 13, 2010