Sophie Germain – Plate Vibrations

by Ekho

‘Germain (1776-1831) was a French mathematician who studied plate vibrations. She won a prize from the French Academy of Sciences for developing a theory to explain the vibration of flat and curved plates.

Bowing_chladni_plateBowing Chladni Plate

Her biography in the Encyclopedia Britannica notes,she worked on generalizations of her research but, isolated from the academic community on account of her gender and thus largely unaware of new developments taking place in the theory of elasticity, she made little real progress.’ (post c. Trevor Cox

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