Sophia Kovalevskaya Contribution To Mathematics

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Sophia Kovalevskaya was born on January 15, 1850 in Moscow, Russian Empire and died on February 10, 1891 in Stockholm, Sweden. Sophia Kovalevskaya was the first major female mathematician in Russia, her homeland. She is an important influence to many mathematics because of her many contributions and help to make more females important in the field of math. Sophia was a middle child, and her parents, Vasily Korvin-Krukovsky and Yelizaveta Shubert were both educated members of the Russian Nobility. Being part of the Rusian Nobility was a big deal at that time. Her interest in mathematics began when she, one day, looked and noticed that her wallpaper had a ton of lecture notes by Ostrogradski on differential and integral analysis in her room at age 11. Seeing that on her wallpaper was her first introduction to calculus. Her parents had helped and encouraged her to strive to learn more, and they let her have many different tutors. One of her tutors, Y I Malevich, quoted her saying, “I began to feel an attraction for my mathematics so intense that I started to neglect my other studies.” After a while, her father stopped her lessons because Sophia was a girl. Girls weren’t seen as mathematicians in that time period. She would still steal an algebra book to read at night secretly without her father knowing. Once she could not understand a trigonometric formulae of sine and tried to explain it to Tyrtov, a professor. He realized she did it the same way it was developed historically. Her father did not permit her to attend a university, and since women were not allowed to go without the permission of a father or husband in Russia, she had to marry and emigrate to Germany. Her husband, Vladimir Kovalevsky, was a paleontologist and went on... ... middle of paper ... ...and Sophia had a romantic relationship until she died of influenza at the age of 41. The Sonya Kovalevsky High School Mathematics Day is a program honoring her work. It makes grants and is apart of the Association for Women in Mathematics. The Sonya Kovalevsky Lecture is an annual lecture intended to highlight contributions of women in mathematics. She was the subject of three films and TV biographies; Sofya Kovalevskaya directed by Iosef Shapiro, A Hill on the Dark Side of the Moon by Lennart Hjulstrom, and Sofya Kovalevskaya directed by Azerbaijani. She was also portrayed in many films, such as Little Sparrow: A Portrait of Sophia Kovalevsky by Don H. Kennedy, Beyond the Limit: The Dream of Sophie Kovalevskaya by Tom Doherty, Against the Day by Thomas Pynchon, and Too Much Happiness by Alice Munro. She wrote in her autobiography, “ has a unique analytic solution

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