Conversations on the Plurality of Worlds by Bernard le Bovier de Fontenelle moonlit gardens, Fontenelle describes the new cosmology of the Copernican. Conversations on the Plurality of Worlds. Bernard le Bovier de Fontenelle the Earth by suggesting the possibility of multiple inhabited worlds in the universe. A Plurality of Worlds: Bernard Le Bovier, sieur de Fontenelle: la pluralité des Alternative Titles: “Conversations on the Plurality of Worlds”, “Entretiens sur la.

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If you originally registered with a username please use that to sign in. Through a series of informal dialogues that take place on successive evenings in the marquise’s moonlit gardens, Fontenelle describes the new cosmology of the Copernican world view with matchles clarity, imagination, and wit.

As they had been scarcely known to the average reader before he explained and disseminated them, these astonishing ideas suddenly became all the rage. But what may be surprising to you is that Religion simply has nothing to do with this system, in which an infinity of worlds with inhabitants exist. Books Digital Products Journals.

She has written on Englightenment science, medicine, and utopian novels, and is the author of the prizewinning The King’s Midwife: Fontenelle not only managed to avoid the usual persecution but in fact his book became an instant best seller of the day, and went on to be translated into no less than 10 languages. It furthers the University’s objective of excellence in research, scholarship, and education by publishing worldwide.

You could not be signed in. The answer to that question represents the second reason the book is remarkable. A full Google book scan of Conversations… Oeuvred de Fontenelle.


Therefore the men in the moon are not sons of Adam. Don’t already have an Oxford Academic account? The ideas he was bandying about were bold, controversial, even forbidden. In the first place, they were abstract beliefs, a matter of principle rather than speculation about the future. The descendants of Adam have not spread to the moon, nor sent colonies there. You do not currently have access to this article.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. It offered an explanation of the heliocentric model of the Universe, suggested by Nicolaus Copernicus in his work De revolutionibus orbium coelestium.

Sign In Forgot password? The book is Fontenelle’s most famous work and is considered to be one of the first major works of the Age of Enlightenment. Purchase Subscription prices and ordering Short-term Access To purchase short term access, please sign in to your Oxford Academic account above.

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Conversations on the Plurality of Worlds

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. The effect, however, was to achieve all three.

These are the scrupulous people who think there is a danger in respect to religion in placing fomtenelle elsewhere than on Earth. Email alerts New issue alert. Moreover, he boldly makes his interlocutor a woman, inviting female participation in the almost exclusively male province of scientific discourse.

Conversations on the plurality of worlds

Hargreaves’s fresh, appealing translation brings the author’s masterpiece to new generations cknversations readers, while the introduction by Nina Rattner Gelbart clearly demonstrates the importance of the Conversations for the history of science, of women, of literature, and of French civilization, and for the popularization of culture. Hargreaves is Professor of English at the University of Alberta.


Hitherto, all scientific knowledge had been written only for other scientists and usually in some classical language. About the Author H. I will be conversatlons adding these reworkings into the flow of new content in an effort to eventually remove all the old pages from circulation.

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University of California Pluralit. Paula Findlen, of Stanford University describes this change from the norm in her essay Becoming a Scientist: It was assumed that mortals from one solar system could never have knowledge of the others, except perhaps in an afterlife.

So whether it was clever recognition of an untapped market, a sincere desire to educate women and give them a fictional role model in the sciences, worles to goad the men who would surely read the book into a more careful consideration we can not know.

It did not occur to anyone tue travel between solar systems might become possible. Close mobile search navigation Article navigation. His knowledge was no social liability that removed him from ordinary conversation, but the very reason that he held the attention of an aristocratic Marquise for several days and nights, as he educated her in the mysteries of the post-Copernican, cartesian universe.

I put inhabitants there who are not like men in any way.

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