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As we try to remember how to spell “paramecium,” we might recall that this is the birthday of the first woman in the Western world considered to be a mathematician:  Maria Gaetana Agnesi, born this date in 1718.  While she thought and wrote broadly about natural science and philosophy, she is best remembered for her work in differential calculus– perhaps most particularly for her work on the cubic curve now know as the “witch of Agnesi.”

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