François Arago

A 19th Century French Humanist and Pioneer in Astrophysics

  • James Lequeux

Part of the Astrophysics and Space Science Library book series (ASSL, volume 421)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. James Lequeux
    Pages 23-55
  3. James Lequeux
    Pages 57-87
  4. James Lequeux
    Pages 89-118
  5. James Lequeux
    Pages 119-147
  6. James Lequeux
    Pages 149-171
  7. James Lequeux
    Pages 173-202
  8. James Lequeux
    Pages 203-234
  9. James Lequeux
    Pages 235-258
  10. James Lequeux
    Pages 259-271
  11. James Lequeux
    Pages 273-304
  12. James Lequeux
    Pages 305-316
  13. Back Matter
    Pages 317-334

About this book


François Arago, the first to show in 1810 that the surface of the Sun and stars is made of incandescent gas and not solid or liquid, was a prominent physicist of the 19th century. He used his considerable influence to help Fresnel, Ampere and others develop their ideas and make themselves known. This book covers his personal contributions to physics, astronomy, geodesy and oceanography, which are far from negligible, but insufficiently known. Arago was also an important and influential political man who, for example, abolished slavery in the French colonies. One of the last humanists, he had a very broad culture and range of interests. In parallel to his biography, this title also covers the spectacular progresses of science at the time of Arago, especially in France: the birth of physical optics, electromagnetism and thermodynamics. Francois Arago’s life is a fascinating epic tale that reads as a novel.


19th Century Astronomy 19th Century Geodesy 19th Century Meteorology 19th Century Oceanography 19th Century Physics François Arago Biography Nature Light Observatoire de Paris Paris Observatory Velocity Light

Authors and affiliations

  • James Lequeux
    • 1
  1. 1.Paris ObservatoryParisFrance

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