Uneasy Genius: The Life And Work Of Pierre Duhem

Uneasy Genius The Life And Work Of Pierre Duhem A hundred years have now gone by since in the midsummer of Pierre Duhem a graduate of College Stanislas completed with brilliant success his entrance exams to the Ecole Normale Superieure and e

  • Title: Uneasy Genius: The Life And Work Of Pierre Duhem
  • Author: Stanley L. Jaki
  • ISBN: 9789024728978
  • Page: 309
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 whereA 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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    1. Recommended by James Schall in Another Sort of Learning, Chapter 13, as one of Six Books by Stanley L. Jaki.

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