The first surviving
written by a woman.
The corner of
Via Agnesi in Milan.
|This site is a
collection of Agnesi
miscellany built upon many exciting hours spent in some of the greatest
libraries in the English speaking world. We highly recommend that
you pause to look at the Bibliography and Acknowledgments web sites to
appreciate our far flung efforts to provide students with a tantalizing
smattering of the strength of resources in mathematics.
The opportunity to see as well as to know is the gift of
Easy foreign travel is also another gift. May your local
education provide you with the background to fully appreciate the
sources you see in the future, be it those of mathematics,
art, or any of the other rich treasures of civilization.
In a fleeting moment we would like to have the
vanity to call
this web site A Complete Maria Gaetana Agnesi, providing
both mathematics and history. Realistically, we know
we will have to continue to fill in the on-site links listed above with
other textual and graphical materials.
In addition, there are some off-site links to basic information which
certain to change.
We especially hope that the Italian government or the
would issue a stamp honoring Agnesi. She did, in fact, have a
Teresa quality to her later life, but as a young woman she was devoted
to learning mathematics. We honor the first woman to publish
surviving work in mathematics.
| Other Web Sites:
site is maintained by
Dr. Shirley B. Gray
Dept. of Mathematics and CS
California State University, Los Angeles
Tel....... (323) 343 - 2163
Fax...... (323) 343 - 5071
[Site established January 1, 2001]
There is NO Italian or Vatican postage
The 1775 French translation.
Euler was a contemporary.
In 2018 we remembered . . . .
Maria Gaetana Agnesi is recognized as a leader in mathematics, women's studies, education and charitable living. While rare, several copies of her treasured 1748 two-volume calculus Instituzionianalitichie... can be found in scholarly libraries throughout the United States and Europe. Significantly, in recognition of her being an "outstanding mathematician and impassioned Catholic," His Holiness Pope Francis has chosen to honor her on the occasion of the 300th anniversary of her birth, May 16, 1718, with a commemorative stamp. The Italiann government has similarly chosen to honor this truly remarkable woman.
S., Book Review of Massimo Mazzotti's The
World of Maria Gaetana Agnesi, Mathematician of God, The
College Mathematics Journali,
VOL. 49, NO. 3, May 2018, 229-232.