Name of the
Storyteller: Ashli Montgomery
Title of the Story:
Sophie Germain: Math's Persistent Heroine
Story Source Material:
Story adapted from various biographical sources.
of the Story: Historical Biography
Story Rating: General
With the odds stacked against her, Sophie Germain refused to set aside her
passion for, and brilliance with, numbers. Born in Paris in 1776, Germain
battled confinement during the French Revolution, social prejudices against her
class and gender, and blatant lacks of recognition by her peers in order to
pursue her studies and persevere in her field. Her refusal to quit resulted in
her becoming one of the relatively few female heroes in the history of
mathematics. This inspirational story of Sophie Germain's journey reminds us
that, with determination and drive, no obstacle is insurmountable.