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The Genius Of Émilie Du Châtelet

The Enlightenment was a time marked by logical thought and a questioning of traditional authority. Among the great male minds of this period were some notable women. One in particular equaled, and often outshone, many men during the Age of Reason.


  • Ben Gross is an associate vice president for collections at the Linda Hall Library.
  • Karen Paisley is the founding artistic director of the Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre, commonly known as the MET. She plays the title character in their production of Emilie: La Marquise du Chatelet Defends her Life Tonight.
  • Robert Gibby Brand is a Kansas City actor. He plays Voltaire in the MET's play.
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