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L'illustration au service de la vulgarisation

Abstract : From the 17th century onwards, several experiments have been led before an audience, and have contributed to the diffusion of science. Some of them are to be found retold in every textbook and popular science book dealing with physics. Such is the case of the electric shock caused by a Leyden jar. Very often reproduced in textbooks and illustrated by beautiful engravings in 19th-century popular science books, that account contributed a lot to Abbé Nolet's fame among the general public. This paper sheds light on that experiment in the context of the developing field of electricity, and shows why it was so widely successful in the society of the time.
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Françoise Khantine-Langlois. L'illustration au service de la vulgarisation. 2020. ⟨halshs-03051485⟩



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