The Culture of Science in France, 1700-1900, Hardback Book

The Culture of Science in France, 1700-1900 Hardback

Part of the Variorum Collected Studies series


This volume treats a remarkable period in the history of science in France. The articles in the first of its two sections, concerned with patronage and institutions, explore the structures that fostered research and the diffusion of scientific and technological knowledge, not only in the great institutions under state control but also in the very different world of the independent academies and the many scientific and industrial societies in Paris and the provinces. The second section focuses on the physical sciences, in particular the physics of heat and the imponderable fluids, and their relations with experimental and technological practice. It contains studies of figures of outstanding importance in the history of French science, including J.H.

Lambert, P.S. de Laplace, and Sadi Carnot. Taken together, the articles provide an unusually coherent picture of a nation's science over a period of a century, developing a methodological perspective that unites cognitive and social considerations. Cet ouvrage traite d'une periode remarquable de l'histoire scientifique franAaise.

Les articles dans la premiere des deux sections, concernant le mecenat et les institutions, explorent les structures qui encourageaient la recherche et la diffusion des connaissances scientifiques et technologiques; ce, non seulement dans les grandes institutions sous contrA'le etatique, mais aussi dans le monde tres different des academies independantes et des nombreuses societes scientifiques et industrielles A Paris et en province.

La seconde section porte sur les sciences physiques, en particulier la physique thermique et les fluides imponderables, ainsi que leurs relations avec la pratique experimentale et technologique.

Elle contient des etudes de grands personnages d'une importance exceptionnelle dans l'histoire de la science franAaise, comprenant: J.H.

Lambert, P.S. de Laplace et Sadi Carnot. Dans leur ensemble, ces textes fournissent une image coherente


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: History of science
  • ISBN: 9780860783398


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