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Emilie (2010)
Kaija Saariaho (composer) / Amin Maalouf (libretto)

In this opera, a single performer portrays the final days in the life of Émilie du Châtelet, whose promising career as a mathematical physicist in the 18th century was tragically cut short at the age of 42. Émilie du Châtelet's story is also told in two recent plays: see Emilie: La Marquise Du Châtelet Defends Her Life Tonight and Legacy of Light .

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Works Similar to Emilie
According to my `secret formula', the following works of mathematical fiction are similar to this one:
  1. Emilie: La Marquise Du Châtelet Defends Her Life Tonight by Lauren Gunderson
  2. Legacy of Light by Karen Zacarías
  3. Archimedes, a planetarium opera by James Dashow
  4. Love Counts by Michael Hastings (libretto) / Michael Nyman (score)
  5. Aniara by Harry Martinson
  6. Le Cas de Sophie K. by Jean-Frangois Peyret (playwright and director)
  7. Ada and the Engine by Lauren Gunderson
  8. Hypatia or The Divine Algebra by Mac Wellman
  9. Hypatia's Math: A Play by Daniel S. Helman
  10. Babbage by Claire Barker (writer-director) / Eamon Wyse (writer)
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GenreHistorical Fiction,
MotifReal Mathematicians, Female Mathematicians, Music, Romance,
TopicMathematical Physics,

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