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Google Doodles Maria Gaetana Agnesi's 296th Birthday

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Gaetana Agnesi is believed to be the first woman in the West to gain recognition as a mathematician and only the second to be granted professorship at a university.


Google has marked the 296th anniversary of the birth of the Italian mathematician and philosopher Maria Gaetana Agnesi with a special doodle.

Among her many achievements, Gaetana Agnesi is credited with being the first woman in the West to gain recognition as a mathematician.

She also believed to have written the first book discussing both differential and integral calculus.

Today's Google doodle features a picture of Gaetana Agnesi with the 'Witch of Agnesi Curve' in the background.



The mathematical curve, which is named after her - but was not discovered by her - was used by mathematicians in later years for work on things like X-rays and electrical circuits.

Gaetana Agnesi was born in Milan on May 16 1718 and quickly became recognised as a child prodigy - speaking Italian, French, Hebrew, Latin, Greek, German and Spanish by the age of eleven.

She was only the second woman in the West ever to be given a professorship at a university.

In later life she devoted herself to studying theology.

She died aged 80 in January 1799.
Source: mirror.co.uk
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