A Gallic Newtonian

In the early 18th century the whole of France was in the grip of Cartesian physicists, the whole of France? No! A small centre of Newtonian resistance existed on the country estate, Cirey-sur-Blaise, of Gabrielle-Émilie Le Tonnelier de Breteuil, Marquise du Châtelet. Apart from du Châtelet the group consisted of her lover François-Marie Arouet better known as Voltaire, the polymath Pierre Louis Moreau de Maupertuis and todays birthday boy the mathematician and astronomer Alexis Claude de Clairault who was born in Paris on 7th May 1713.

About thonyc

Aging freak who fell in love with the history of science and now resides mostly in the 16th century.
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