Chladni and His Acoustic Experiments
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In early 1809, a peculiar acoustics demonstration by Chladni, a German physicist, arose in Sophie Germain her intellectual curiosity. At that time, the learned community in Paris was once again vibrant, spurred by the support of Napoléon. The first graduates from the École Polytechnique were working alongside senior researchers, paving new roads in applied mathematics and physics. Scientists from abroad were descending in Paris to learn from the French and to share with them their own scientific discoveries. Acoustics and elasticity theories were emerging.