Frontispiece to Voltaire’s Elémens de la Philosophie de Neuton

The frontispiece to Voltaire’s Elémens de la Philosophie de Neuton (published in Amsterdam in 1738) depicts Du Châtelet holding a mirror to reflect the light from Newton down to the author Voltaire, thus contributing to her reputation as an expositor of Newton rather than as a philosophe. This image was not included in other editions […]