Jonathan Israel in Radical Enligtenment. Philosophy and the Making of Modernity 1650-1750 (2001) schreef in de Inleiding op pp. 85-86 het volgende over de marquise du Châtelet:
A woman with a formidable philosophical reputation for a time was Voltaire's mistress, Gabrielle-Emilie, marquise du Châtelet, whom he celebrated in print in 1738, as a paragon of female intellectual power, and a true disciple of Newton and of 'truth'. Furthermore, this 'Minerve de la France', as he calls her, not only shared his conversation, scientific experiments, and bed but soon rebelled against his uncompromising Newtonianism, demonstrating a spirited independence of mind. When Voltaire insisted she read Locke, she urged him to read Leibniz. Engaging a young Swiss savant, Samuel Köning [1712-57], a devotee of Wolff, to tutor her in mathematics, she systematically explored Wolffianism, and by 1739 was in contact with Wolff himself. For a while, indeed, Wolff placed such importance on her intervention that he believed he would, through her—his 'Apostle to the French'—check the progress of what he called Voltaire's 'Newtonianischen Philosophie' and the 'not very useful principles of the present-day English' in France, hastening that of Wolffianism.
Judith Zinsser, La Dame d'Esprit. A Biography of Marquise Du Châtelet. Viking Adult; 1st edition, 2006
De meest complete hedendaagse biografie over haar volgens J. B. Shank in The Newton Wars and the Beginning of the French Enlightenment [University of Chicago Press, 2008 - books.google]