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Emilie (2010)
Kaija Saariaho (composer) / Amin Maalouf (libretto)

In this opera, a single performer portrays the final days in the life of Émilie du Châtelet, whose promising career as a mathematical physicist in the 18th century was tragically cut short at the age of 42. Émilie du Châtelet's story is also told in two recent plays: see Emilie: La Marquise Du Châtelet Defends Her Life Tonight and Legacy of Light .

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Works Similar to Emilie
According to my `secret formula', the following works of mathematical fiction are similar to this one:
  1. Emilie: La Marquise Du Châtelet Defends Her Life Tonight by Lauren Gunderson
  2. Legacy of Light by Karen Zacarías
  3. Archimedes, a planetarium opera by James Dashow
  4. Love Counts by Michael Hastings (libretto) / Michael Nyman (score)
  5. Aniara by Harry Martinson
  6. Too Much Happiness by Alice Munro
  7. Continuums by Robert Carr
  8. Le larmes de saint Laurent (Wonder) by Dominique Fortier
  9. The Three Body Problem by Catherine Shaw
  10. The Indian Clerk by David Leavitt
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GenreHistorical Fiction,
MotifReal Mathematicians, Female Mathematicians, Music, Romance,
TopicMathematical Physics,

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