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Seduced by Logic : Emilie Du Chatelet, Mary Somerville and the Newtonian Revolution


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Author: Robyn Arianrhod,
Number of Pages: 352 pages
Published Date: 22 Nov 2012
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Publication Country: New York, United States
Language: English
ISBN: 9780199931613
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