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The man who flattened the earth [electronic resource] : Maupertuis and the sciences in the enlightenment / Mary Terrall.

By: Terrall, Mary.
Material type: TextTextPublisher: Chicago : University of Chicago Press, c2002Description: 1 online resource (ix, 408 p.) : ill., maps.ISBN: 9780226793627 (electronic bk.); 0226793621 (electronic bk.).Subject(s): Maupertuis, 1698-1759 | Scientists -- France -- Biography | Maupertuis, 1698-1759 | Science -- Biography | Moreau de Maupertuis, Pierre-Louis | BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY -- Science & Technology | Natuurwetenschappen | Maupertuis, Pierre Louis Moreau deGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Man who flattened the earth.DDC classification: 509.2 Online resources: EBSCOhost
Contents:
Portrait of a man of science -- From Saint-Malo to Paris -- Mathematics and mechanics in the Paris Academy of Sciences -- The expedition to Lapland -- The polemical aftermath of the Lapland expedition -- Beyond Newton and on to Berlin -- Toward a science of living things -- The Berlin Academy of Sciences -- Teleology, cosmology, and least action -- Heredity and materialism -- The final years.
Summary: Self-styled adventurer, literary wit, philosopher, and statesman of science, Pierre-Louis Moreau de Maupertuis (1698-1759) stood at the center of Enlightenment science and culture. Offering an elegant and accessible portrait of this remarkable man, Mary Terrall uses the story of Maupertuis's life, self-fashioning, and scientific works to explore what it meant to do science and to be a man of science in eighteenth-century Europe. Beginning his scientific career as a mathematician in Paris, Maupertuis entered the public eye with a much-discussed expedition to Lapland, which confirmed Newton's ca.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 371-392) and index.

Portrait of a man of science -- From Saint-Malo to Paris -- Mathematics and mechanics in the Paris Academy of Sciences -- The expedition to Lapland -- The polemical aftermath of the Lapland expedition -- Beyond Newton and on to Berlin -- Toward a science of living things -- The Berlin Academy of Sciences -- Teleology, cosmology, and least action -- Heredity and materialism -- The final years.

Self-styled adventurer, literary wit, philosopher, and statesman of science, Pierre-Louis Moreau de Maupertuis (1698-1759) stood at the center of Enlightenment science and culture. Offering an elegant and accessible portrait of this remarkable man, Mary Terrall uses the story of Maupertuis's life, self-fashioning, and scientific works to explore what it meant to do science and to be a man of science in eighteenth-century Europe. Beginning his scientific career as a mathematician in Paris, Maupertuis entered the public eye with a much-discussed expedition to Lapland, which confirmed Newton's ca.

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