Maria Gaetana Agnesi

Maria Gaetana Agnesi
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Honors Precalculus Graphic Novel Project

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  • MARIA GAETANA AGNESI
  • I. CHILD PRODIGY
  • I can speak Italian and French.
  • I can speak Italian, French, Greek, Hebrew, Spanish, German, and Latin.
  • II. MYSTERIOUS ILLNESS
  •         Agnesi was born on May 16th, 1718 in Milan, Italy to a wealthy family. Her father, Pietro Agnesi, was a mathematics professor at the University of Bologna, and her mother, Anna Fortunato Brivio, was of Milanese nobility.
  • III. CONTINUED STUDIES
  •         By 5 years old, Agnesi could speak Italian and French, and by 11 years old she could speak 7 different languages.         Agnesi's mother passed away when she was still young, and her father remarried twice, resulting in a family of 21 children. As the eldest of 21 children, she used her unique knowledge to educated her siblings.
  • IV. STUDYING MATHEMATICS
  •                 As a result of her excessive studying, Agnesi acquired an illness at 12 years old. She was prescribed dancing and horseback riding, but this backfired and resulted in Agnesi having extreme convulsions. She was then advised to try to live in moderation.
  • V. INSTITUZIONI ANALITICHE
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  • Instituzioni analitiche ad uso della gioventù italiana
  •         At 14 years old she started studying ballistics and geometry. By 15, her father started holding a regular circle of learned men in his home in Bologna. Her father had her read, maintain, and present a series of theses for this group. Agnesi was quiet shy and did not enjoy these meetings. 
  •         Agnesi and her father eventually came to an agreement where she would not have to interact with society as long as she maintained her work in mathematics. Although this was better than attending the meetings, Agnesi desired to cease her studies in mathematics to join a convent.          In 1740, when Agnesi was 22 years old, she began to study with distinguished mathematician and monk Ramiro Rampinelli. 
  •         In 1748, Agnesi published "Instituzioni analitiche ad uso della gioventù italiana" or "Analytical Institutions for the Use of Italian Youth" in Milan. Agnesi intended for her treatise to "give a systematic illustration of the different results and theorems of infinitesimal calculus." The first volume focused on finite quantities while the second volume analyzed infinte
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