Minerva Scientifica Birthday Celebration
11th March 2021Elizabeth Tollet
A Towering Mathematical Poet
BORN 11th March 1694
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Multi-talented Elizabeth Tollet (1694-1754) excelled at mathematics, but is most famous for her powerful poems expressing her resentment at being unjustly excluded from the male world of science.
That haughty Man, unrival’d and alone,
May boast the World of Science all his own:
As barb’rous Tyrants, to secure their Sway,
Conclude that Ignorance will best obey.
She lived for many years in the Tower of London and one of her neighbours was Isaac Newton, who praised her achievements. A new book, Life after Gravity, by Dr Patricia Fara, Emeritus Fellow of Clare College Cambridge, examining this period of Newton’s life and featuring Tollet, has just been published and makes for eye opening reading! Dr Fara features on our podcast alongside Lelia Ferro, Poet and Megan Krempa, an upper-year honours student at the University of King’s College, Halifax, Nova Scotia. The music is by Imogen Holst (1907 – 1984) & Frances M Lynch and is sung by electric voice theatre singers and the Essex Virtual Choir.
To find out more about her this extraordinary Essex poet, to hear the music created for her please go to her page on the Minerva Scientifica Website https://minervascientifica.co.uk/elizabeth-tollet/
Part of electric voice theatre’s Essex 2020 Minerva Scientifica project “Echoes from Essex” in collaboration with Chelmsford Civic Theatre and Essex 2020, supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.
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Created by electric voice theatre, Minerva Scientifica is a project that brings together professional performers with community musicians and school children. Together, we raise awareness of the rich heritage and deep connections between music and science, and inspire the next generation of future scientists.