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Publisher's Summary

The true story of 18th-century mathematician Sophie Germain, who solved the unsolvable to achieve her dream.

When her parents took away her candles to keep their young daughter from studying math...nothing stopped Sophie. When a professor discovered that the homework sent to him under a male pen name came from a woman...nothing stopped Sophie. And when she tackled a math problem that male scholars said would be impossible to solve...still, nothing stopped Sophie. 

For six years Sophie Germain used her love of math and her undeniable determination to test equations that would predict patterns of vibrations. She eventually became the first woman to win a grand prize from France's prestigious Academy of Sciences for her formula, which laid the groundwork for much of modern architecture.

©2018 Cheryl Bardoe (P)2020 Hachette Audio

Critic Reviews

A Bank Street College Best Children's Book of 2018

An Amelia Bloomer List Selection 2019

A National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) and Children's Book Council (CBC) Outstanding Science Trade Book for Students K-12

A National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) Best STEM Book

A National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) Orbis Pictus Recommended Book

CCBC Choices 2019

A Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People Selection 2019

2019 Mathical Award Winner, Grades K-2

A Booklinks Lasting Connections Pick

An Evanston Public Library Best Book for Kids

"Refreshingly, Sophie Germain's story not only reminds us of the importance of perseverance, it recalls a time when discoveries were often made by hard-working amateurs--for the fun of it." (The New York Times

"Graceful and inspiring portrait of the plucky, self-taught mathematician." (The Horn Book

"A compelling biography...a lesson in perseverance.... A highly recommended addition to the growing number of books about women who have made significant contributions to knowledge." (School Library Connection, starred review) 

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