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Mathematician with the Soul of a Poet begins with the story of why and how a math professor, artist and poet wanted to and was able to develop the translations of nine poems and two plays written by Sofia Kovalevskaya when, in the beginning, she did not even know the sounds or order of the letters in the Russian alphabet . The poems and two plays, How it Was and How It Might Have Been, enhance the life story of a brave young Russian woman who entered into a fictitious marriage so that she could travel to Germany to study mathematics. By earning the first PhD in mathematics awarded to a woman, Kovalevskaya broke open the long tightly closed doors to university education for women. Her poems and plays reveal a woman of great passion who clearly wanted to be remembered for much more than her mathematics!