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Maria Gaetana Agnesi. A heroin of advanced calculus. Am I a nerd or what!
A woman with it all - beauty, brains, international acclaim, and she discovered a little curve that has implications today in mathematical patterns (this is the "Witch" - the nickname it got)
But best of all, Maria found that she really just wanted to devote her life to helping the poor, of which there were a lot in the 18th century.

The Witch of Agnesi

Fdf5205c-8b5b-4da8-a6dc-63fe28d680a9by Billy J. Stewart22 Jun 2014

Drawn with Cartesian symmetry, the Adversary stands,
Proved, defined, indefatigable,
Long after death, long after life.
And she draws the line,
Sweeping, curved, beautiful,
Running off in tantalising tangents,
Intersecting destiny, as of yet, unknown.
And there amidst emerging patterns, the woman dips her quill,
Applying the black ink of murky integration,
Working the calculus,
Searching the summations,
Squaring the circle,
Probing the possible,
Testing the truth,
Glimpsing the Opus Dei, in flowing spectral lines.
And in the end,
After all the treatise, all the laying bare of her polished intellect,
Poked and prodded in Academic cattle-markets,
By lessers,
She found it.
In the poor, homeless and sick,
Whom she deigned to serve.