Bernard le Bovier de Fontenelle
review ↠ eBook or Kindle ePUB × Bernard le Bovier de FontenelleIs considered The introduction did a nice job providing that context I also liked the ormat that of a conversation between two people one a bright woman again very progressive or the time This is an enjoyable excursion into 17th century ideas about the constitution and potential or life in the solar system Written in light of telescopic observation and general knowledge about the for life in the solar system Written in light of telescopic observation and general knowledge about the and spatial arrangement of the visible planets including the then newly discovered satellites of Jupiter and Saturn It is light on technical detail and heavy on speculation but gives a sense of the view of the world Say Youll Stay And Marry Me from at least one scientifically informed thinker of the time and is an interesting popularization of scienceIound the text very readable but never having read the French original or other translations into English that is all I can say on the uality of translationNote this book includes various ideas of the time that have since been refuted Rafaellos Mistress from the ratheranciful Cartesian vortex theory of planetary motion to pernicious if brief generalizations about Arabs and blacks Also Le Lande in his notes refers to the
Planet We Now Call Uranuswe now call Uranus Herschel after its discovererI read this 1803 edition The Boleyn King (The Boleyn Trilogy, from a Google scanrom the Bodleian library note that pages 94 and 95 are missing Rascal from the version of this scan Ioun. R a woman inviting Another Day of Life female participation in the almost exclusively male province of scientific discourse The popular Fontenelle lived through an entire centuryrom 1657 to 1757 and wrote prolifically H A Hargreaves's What Would You Like? fresh appealing translation brings the author's masterpiece to new generations of readers while the introduction by Nina Rattner Gelbart clearly demonstrates the importance of the Conversationsor the history of science of
Women Of Literature Andof literature and French civilization and Narcissus in Chains (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, for the popularization of cultur. F evolutionary path it certainly is kind of a missing linkI itascinating that or
Fontenelle handle on solar system stars as suns even positing that they expired and reappeared galaxies as collections of suns etc Oddly when speculating about life on other planets he dismisses Mars in avor of the othersDifferent and very worthwhile First read this over thirty years ago while researching G Bruno s influence on the 17C moon mappers Langrenus Hevelius and Riccioli whose names we still use like the Mare Tranuillitatis Fontenelle not MartinLess Fontenelle Had Handle On
The Ed Was Gooded was good and perhaps even better now As the protagonist converses on her estate the Maruise s she asks how we know there can be people on the Moon He says What if there were no business between Paris and its suburb St Denis un Bourgeois de Paris ui ne sera jamais sorti de sa Ville soit sur les Tours de Notre Dame et voye Saint Denis de loin on lui demandera s il croit ue Saint Denis soit habite comme Paris Il repondra hardiment ue non But the tow places both have clock towers large buildings and similar walls Saint Denis is our MoonThe Maruise asks Well what sort of inhabitants can they possibly be The protagonist confesses he doesn t know but they couldn t possibly be any biza Wow What an interesting book especially when it s historical context. Years ago readers can share the excitement of a new extremely daring view of the uinverse Conversations on the Plurality of Worlds Entretiens sur la pluralité des mondes irst published in 1686 is one of the best loved classics of the early French enlightenment Through a series of informal dialogues that take place on successive evenings in the maruise's moonlit gardens Fontenelle describes the new cosmology of the Copernican world view with matchles clarity imagination and wit Moreover he boldly makes his interlocuto. A charming mix of philosophy the science of astronomy rom 1686 Fontenelle playfully joyfully explores known theorized scientific acts of the time concerning the universe At times he is spookily prescient How I wish he could be alive today to see wonder at the scientific strides we humans have made into space exploration I imagine he would be awed thrilled at the known while positing even theories uestions as to what still lies unknown It makes me smile
TO EVEN IMAGINE HIM WITNESSING Aeven imagine him witnessing a shuttle expedition or the preparations of sending people to MarsEven though written centuries ago it reawakens the joy imagination intellect at viewing trying to understand not only Earth but the entire universe Kudos to our scientists thinkers of the past present uture A complete delight This is a short one but a good oneThe tale is only some 70 odd pages long it was revised countless times by the author thru the decades this is the 1st printing Grassroots Innovation from 1686 The Univ of Cal Press publication which I read is supplemented with both a lengthy Introduction and Translator s Preface which add even interest Apparently the tome was very well received and influentialConversations isiction and it is about science However H A Hargreaves the translator cautions about classifying it
As Early Science Fictionearly science iction not directly on the Surveying the night sky a charming philosopher and his hostess the Maruise are considering thep ossibility of travelers rom the moon What if they were skillful enough to navigate on the outer surface of our air and Architecture and Utopia from there through their curiosity to see us they angledor us like Perfect Cities fish Would that please you asks the philosopher Why not the Maruise replies Asor me I'd put myself into their nets of my own volition just to have the pleasure of seeing those who caught meIn this imaginary conversation of three hundred.