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Come to a Salon of the French Enlightenment – Émilie du Châtelet, Voltaire and Rameau

It’s the beginning of the Festive Season, and here’s a presentation of the relaxed kind, an evening of cross cultural conversation that captures the spirit and curiosity of the French Enlightenment. I’m delighted to be hosting  the discussion.

Dr Robyn Arianrhod is a writer and mathematician, and an adjunct research fellow at Monash University. Her first book, Einstein’s Heroes, was shortlisted for The Age Non-fiction Book of the Year Award and the Victorian Premier’s Prize, and has been translated into several languages.

Her latest book is Seduced by Logic a double biography of Émilie du Châtelet and Mary Somerville. Both women were authorities on Newtonian mathematical physics, and very original thinkers: du Châtelet in France in the eighteenth century, and Somerville in Scotland at the beginning of the nineteenth century. In this Salon Robyn will talk about Émilie du Châtelet; an aristocrat who took Voltaire as her lover, authored a treatise on the happiness of women; pioneered what are now called financial derivatives (which she invented in part to pay off a debt after an unlucky night gambling) and translated Newton’s Principia Mathmatica —all achieved before she died in childbirth in 1749 at the age of 42.

Elizabeth Neilsen is Chair of the Board of Pinchgut Opera. Pinchgut specialises in presenting  neglected chamber operas, mostly from the baroque and early classical periods. This year’s December opera is one of the glories of the French Baroque, Rameau’s finest creation, Castor & Pollux performed for the first time in Australia. Anna will take us behind-the-scenes of this marvellous production as we listen to musical excerpts.

A Salon of the French Enlightenment – Émilie du Châtelet, Voltaire and Rameau takes place on Monday 26 November 7.30-9pm 2012

BOOKINGS ARE ESSENTIAL.Email boland.k@bigpond.net.au  Numbers very limited. Salon in Randwick. After you register you will be sent a confirmation/venue details. Price $25 (includes supper).


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This entry was posted on 16/11/2012 by in Interviews, Public speaking, Women speakers and tagged .

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