|This site is a collection of Agnesi
miscellany built upon many exciting hours spent in some of the greatest
libraries in the English speaking world. We highly recommend that
you pause to look at the Bibliography and Acknowledgments web sites to
appreciate our far flung efforts to provide students with a tantalizing
smattering of the strength of resources in mathematics.
The opportunity to see as well as to know is the gift of our generation.
Easy foreign travel is also another gift. May your local classroom
education provide you with the background to fully appreciate the original
sources you see in the future, be it those of mathematics, architecture,
art, or any of the other rich treasures of civilization.
In a fleeting moment we would like to have the vanity to call
this web site A Complete Maria Gaetana Agnesi, providing
both mathematics and history. Realistically, we know that
we will have to continue to fill in the on-site links listed above with
other textual and graphical materials.
In addition, there are some off-site links to basic information which are
certain to change.
We especially hope that the Italian government or the Vatican State
would issue a stamp honoring Agnesi. She did, in fact, have a Mother
Teresa quality to her later life, but as a young woman she was devoted
to learning mathematics. We honor the first woman to publish a
surviving work in mathematics.