A Witness to French-Cuban Cooperation in Physics in the 1970s

  • Jacqueline CernogoraEmail author
Part of the Boston Studies in the Philosophy and History of Science book series (BSPS, volume 304)


In France in 1968 many lively discussions and debates took place at several universities and laboratories in which official authority was questioned. Very often in such debates someone would stand up and ask the previous speaker: “Who are you to assert such a thing?” or “From where are you speaking?” Forty years later, to avoid such questions, I will say right away “from where” I am writing this text, which is by no means an exhaustive study of French-Cuban collaboration in physics at that time, but rather a personal recollection.


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I would like to thank Jean-Claude Chervin, who has kept so many documents for such a long time and has kindly allowed them to be used here.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS)ParisFrance

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