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Sophie Germain

Germain, Sophie (sôfēˈ zhĕrmăNˈ) [key], 1776–1831, French mathematician. Although self-taught, she mastered mathematics and corresponded with J. L. Lagrange and C. F. Gauss. She is known especially for her study of the vibrations of elastic surfaces.

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