Nothing Stopped Sophie: The Story of Unshakable Mathematician Sophie Germain

Cheryl Bardoe

Sophie Germain demonstrated not only a love of math, but fierce determination in her quest to study it, eventually becoming the first woman to win a grand prize from the Academy of Sciences. As a girl, her parents took away her candles to keep her from studying math, and since women were not allowed to attend universities, she secretly obtained notes from math classes and completed work under a male pen name… but no matter what, nothing stopped Sophie. She worked tirelessly on a theorem to predict patterns of vibration, which later helped with the groundwork for modern architecture. The illustrations enhance Sophie’s powerful story even more, incorporating pen-and-ink, watercolor, and collage. A great book for encouraging perseverance and grit!


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