this post.) She spoke French fluently by age 5 and Latin at 9. By her teen years, she had mastered 7 languages: Italian, French, Latin, Greek, German, Spanish, and Hebrew. But she is best known for writing a mathematics textbook called Analytical Institutions--the oldest surviving math book written by a woman. The two-volume book contained over 1,000 pages. Below is a photograph I took of the copy in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
In researching a biography of Maria's life, I've come across a great deal of misinformation about her, both in print and on the Internet. I will use this website to separate the facts from the myths on the main blog page. I will also share additional details of her life and the times she lived in on that page. If you have questions about Maria, feel free to post them there. Or you can contact me through my website.