Roe, Glenn. “A Sheep in Wolff’s
Clothing: Émilie Du Châtelet and the Encyclopédie.” Eighteenth-Century Studies, vol. 51, no. 2, 2017, pp. 179-96. DOI.org (Crossref), doi:10.1353/ecs.2017.0059.
Roe, one of the pioneers in the application of Digital Humanities to the Encyclopédie, here claims that Madame du Châtelet’s work Institutions de physique was quoted and referenced more than a few times, enough to name her a contributor, albeit a largely indirect one. Roe provides background on physics and physicists in France prior to du Châtelet’s work but notices that she quickly became an authority on the matter; for Samuel Formey, Diderot, and d’Alembert, all contributors to the Encyclopédie, use her work in their writing. Using data mining and sequence aligning software, Roe compares Institutions de physique to the Encyclopédie, finding numerous cases where du Châtelet’s work was quoted or used. Results and charts are provided.
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Main Classification: Digital Humanities
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