## About

Late 18th and early 19th-century mathematician, scientist, and philosopher. She is remembered for her contributions to number theory, differential geometry, and elasticity theory.

## Before Fame

Her gender barred her from higher education; nevertheless, she corresponded with famous scientists and mathematicians and earned a high degree of proficiency in her chosen fields.

## Trivia

She did a good deal of work on Pierre de Fermat's famous Last Theorem.

## Family Life

She and her younger sister were the daughters of a Parisian silk merchant.

## Associated With

She corresponded early in her career with German mathematician Carl Friedrich Gauss.