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Magdalene College discovers a treasure trove of women’s intellectual history

Magdalene College discovers a treasure trove of women’s intellectual history

The Old Library, Magdalene College, Cambridge. Courtesy of the Master and Fellows of Magdalene College CambridgeThe Old Library, Magdalene College, Cambridge. Courtesy of the Master and Fellows of Magdalene College CambridgeThese are just some of the remarkable notes made by Mary Astell in her 1681 copy of Les Principes de la Philosophie, which set out René Descartes’ principles of nature, or laws of physics.In the early eighteenth century, only a minority of British women could read in English, let alone in French. But even more unusual is the extent of Astell’s scientific understanding...

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