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Mme. du Châtelet, twelve years Voltaire's junior, was in many ways a remarkable woman. Short of  temper, often difficult,  persona non grata  in fashionable society, she nevertheless had her  attractions. A woman of keen intellect, she was devoted to mathematics, science, and philosophy.  Particularly was she dedicated to the optimistic philosophy of Leibnitz; assisted by Voltaire, she  spent much of her time writing an exposition of the German's conclusions. She shared Voltaire's  enthusiasm for Newton, and while her companion worked on an exposition of the Newtonian system,  she translated the  Principia  into French, adding a commentary. These were indeed productive years for Voltaire. Among other works, he completed a treatise on  metaphysics, wrote six plays, completed two poems —  Le Mondain,  a satire against the Jansenists,  whose doctrine had much in common with Calvinism, and the philosophical 
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