Women in STEM advent calendar: Day 6 – Maria Gaetana Agnesi

This winter, we are celebrating the festive season by honouring 25 amazing women in STEM, some of which you might not know of!

Advent 06 - Maria Gaetana Agnesi

Maria Gaetana Agnesi

16 May 1718 – 9 Jan 1799

Maria Gaetana Agnesi was the first woman to write a maths textbook. It was considered the best intro to algebra, analysis and the then new field of differential and integral calculus. In it, she discusses a cubic curve, mistranslated as the ‘Witch of Agnesi’. She was elected to the Bologna Academy of Sciences, and appointed professor of maths by Pope Benedict XIV, although she chose not to serve.

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This post originally stated that Agnesi was the first woman elected to the Bologna Academy of Sciences. That was actually Laura Bassi. We regret the error. 

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Posted in Advent 2018.