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Les livres de vulgarisation de l'astronomie (1686-1880)

Abstract : From Fontenelle’s Entretiens sur la pluralité des mondes de Fontenelle (1686) to Flammarion’s Astronomie populaire, numerous works have purported to bring astronomy within reach of the laymen of the world. The authors of the XVIIIth century came from various backgrounds and satisfied the desire of well-read people to explore science. After the French Revolution, faith in progress thanks to science which inspired a number of scientists and professors from the new state institutions drove them into popularizing the latest progress in science. By the mid XIXth century however, scientists abandoned spreading scientific ideas and teachers turned to conceiving school texts. A generation of writers specialized in popularization took after them. The inventory of the main French books on popularizing astronomy, which is the study of this thesis, is complemented by a review of the publishing trend called Astronomies des dames along with other epoch-making foreign books on the subject.
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Colette Le Lay. Les livres de vulgarisation de l'astronomie (1686-1880). Histoire, Philosophie et Sociologie des sciences. Université Nantes, 2002. Français. ⟨tel-01326742⟩

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