Uneasy Genius: The Life And Work Of Pierre Duhem

  • Authors
  • Stanley L. Jaki

Part of the International Archives of the History of Ideas book series (ARCH, volume 100)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XII
  2. Stanley L. Jaki
    Pages 1-36
  3. Stanley L. Jaki
    Pages 37-69
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    Pages 71-106
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    Pages 107-122
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    Pages 123-170
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    Pages 171-219
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    Pages 221-257
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    Pages 259-317
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    Pages 319-373
  11. Stanley L. Jaki
    Pages 375-436
  12. Back Matter
    Pages 437-472

About this book


A hundred years have now gone by since in the midsummer of 1882 Pierre Duhem, a graduate of College Stanislas, completed with brilliant success his entrance exams to the Ecole Normale Superieure and embarked on his career as a theoretical physicist. His father, a textile salesman, hoped that Hierre would pursue a career in business, one of the few professional fields where perhaps he would not have succeeded. Not that young Duhem lacked sense for the practical. He could have easily made a name for himself as an artist had he developed professionally his skill to draw portraits and landscapes. His ability to make a point and his readiness to join in a debate, could have earned him fame as a lawyer. A potential actor was in sight when he entertained friends with mimicry. That as a student of physics he entered and stayed first in his class at the Ecole Normale, did not thwart his talents for the life sciences. No less a biologist than Pasteur tried to obtain Duhem for assistant. His command of Greek and Latin would have secured him a career as a classicist. He was a Frenchman, not to be met too often, whose rightful ad­ miration for and mastery of his native tongue, did not prove a barrier to the major modern languages. As one who taught himself the complex art of medieval paleo­ graphy, he could easily have mastered the many auxiliary sciences needed by a consummate historian.


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Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1987
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-90-247-3532-7
  • Online ISBN 978-94-009-3623-2
  • Series Print ISSN 0066-6610
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