Conversations on the Plurality of Worlds

Conversations on the Plurality of Worlds (Entretiens sur la pluralité des mondes), first published in 1686, is one of the best loved classics of the early French enlightenment.

Author: M. de (Bernard Le Bovier) Fontenelle

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 9780520071711

Category: Literary Criticism

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Surveying the night sky, a charming philosopher and his hostess, the Marquise, are considering thep ossibility of travelers from the moon. "What if they were skillful enough to navigate on the outer surface of our air, and from there, through their curiosity to see us, they angled for us like fish? Would that please you?" asks the philosopher. "Why not?" the Marquise replies. "As for me, I'd put myself into their nets of my own volition just to have the pleasure of seeing those who caught me." In this imaginary conversation of three hundred years ago, readers can share the excitement of a new, extremely daring view of the uinverse. Conversations on the Plurality of Worlds (Entretiens sur la pluralité des mondes), first published in 1686, is one of the best loved classics of the early French enlightenment. 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. Moreover, he boldly makes his interlocutor a woman, inviting female participation in the almost exclusively male province of scientific discourse. The popular Fontenelle lived through an entire century, from 1657 to 1757, and wrote prolifically. H. A. Hargreaves's fresh, appealing translation brings the author's masterpiece to new generations of 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.

Conversations on the Plurality of Worlds

It is so longs ince the Marchioness of G * * * and I , had any discourse concerning
the planetary worlds , that we began to question whether we had ever had any on
that subject . When I went one day to visit her , I came in just as two very polite ...

Author: M. de Fontenelle (Bernard Le Bovier)

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ISBN: NYPL:33433084027337

Category: Plurality of worlds

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A Conversation on the Plurality of Worlds

IT T is so long , since the marchioness of G *** , and I , had any difcourse
concerning the planetary worlds , that we began to question whether we had ever
had any on that subject . When I went one day to visit her , I came in just as two
very ...

Author: M. de Fontenelle (Bernard Le Bovier)

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ISBN: BL:A0019636009

Category: Astronomy

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A Week s Conversation on the Plurality of Worlds

This work has been selected by scholars as being culturally important and is part of the knowledge base of civilization as we know it. This work is in the public domain in the United States of America, and possibly other nations.

Author: Aphra Behn

Publisher: Franklin Classics Trade Press

ISBN: 035314410X

Category: History

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This work has been selected by scholars as being culturally important and is part of the knowledge base of civilization as we know it. This work is in the public domain in the United States of America, and possibly other nations. Within the United States, you may freely copy and distribute this work, as no entity (individual or corporate) has a copyright on the body of the work. Scholars believe, and we concur, that this work is important enough to be preserved, reproduced, and made generally available to the public. To ensure a quality reading experience, this work has been proofread and republished using a format that seamlessly blends the original graphical elements with text in an easy-to-read typeface. We appreciate your support of the preservation process, and thank you for being an important part of keeping this knowledge alive and relevant.

Conversations on the Plurality of Worlds Primary Source Edition

This is a reproduction of a book published before 1923.

Author: M. De) Fontenelle (Bernard Le Bovier

Publisher: Nabu Press

ISBN: 1293659266

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This is a reproduction of a book published before 1923. This book may have occasional imperfections such as missing or blurred pages, poor pictures, errant marks, etc. that were either part of the original artifact, or were introduced by the scanning process. We believe this work is culturally important, and despite the imperfections, have elected to bring it back into print as part of our continuing commitment to the preservation of printed works worldwide. We appreciate your understanding of the imperfections in the preservation process, and hope you enjoy this valuable book. ++++ The below data was compiled from various identification fields in the bibliographic record of this title. This data is provided as an additional tool in helping to ensure edition identification: ++++ Conversations On The Plurality Of Worlds Fontenelle (Bernard Le Bovier, M. de) Printed for Lackington Allen & co., 1809 Science; Astronomy; Plurality of worlds; Science / Astronomy

Conversations on the Plurality of Worlds A New Translation with Great Additions Adorned with Copper plates By a Gentleman of the Inner Temple

Ah ! cried 1 , I cannot pardon him for depriving us of the sight of all these Worlds *
What do * The meaning of the terms world , universe , are taken potice of in the
þeginning of the additions to the First Evening you I beg me . you call all these ...

Author: M. de Fontenelle (Bernard Le Bovier)

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ISBN: BL:A0018276039

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A Week s Conversation on the Plurality of Worlds by Monsieur Fontenelle Translated from the Last Paris Edition by William Gardiner Esq Second Edition to Which Is Added Mr Secretary Addison s Oration Made at Oxford

In its determination to preserve the century of revolution, Gale initiated a revolution of its own: digitization of epic proportions to preserve these invaluable works in the largest archive of its kind.

Author: Bernard Le Bovier De Fontenelle

Publisher: Gale Ecco, Print Editions

ISBN: 1385685085

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The 18th century was a wealth of knowledge, exploration and rapidly growing technology and expanding record-keeping made possible by advances in the printing press. In its determination to preserve the century of revolution, Gale initiated a revolution of its own: digitization of epic proportions to preserve these invaluable works in the largest archive of its kind. Now for the first time these high-quality digital copies of original 18th century manuscripts are available in print, making them highly accessible to libraries, undergraduate students, and independent scholars. Medical theory and practice of the 1700s developed rapidly, as is evidenced by the extensive collection, which includes descriptions of diseases, their conditions, and treatments. Books on science and technology, agriculture, military technology, natural philosophy, even cookbooks, are all contained here. ++++ The below data was compiled from various identification fields in the bibliographic record of this title. This data is provided as an additional tool in helping to insure edition identification: ++++ British Library T137580 London: printed for A. Bettesworth, 1728. [4], x, [2],200p.: ill.; 12°

A Conversation on the Plurality of Worlds To which is Added Mr Addison s Defence of the Newtonian Philosophy

I have only given such as the freedom of conversation authorised ; I have only
placed them in parts that I thought requir . ed them ; I have inserted most of them
in the com . mencement of the work to accustom the mind by degrees to the
objects ...

Author: M. de Fontenelle (Bernard Le Bovier)

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ISBN: BL:A0018262539

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A Conversation on the Plurality of Worlds Translated from the French of M de Fontenelle to Which Is Added Mr Addison s Defence of the Newtonian Philosophy

In its determination to preserve the century of revolution, Gale initiated a revolution of its own: digitization of epic proportions to preserve these invaluable works in the largest archive of its kind.

Author: Bernard Le Bovier De Fontenelle

Publisher: Gale Ecco, Print Editions

ISBN: 1379581176

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The 18th century was a wealth of knowledge, exploration and rapidly growing technology and expanding record-keeping made possible by advances in the printing press. In its determination to preserve the century of revolution, Gale initiated a revolution of its own: digitization of epic proportions to preserve these invaluable works in the largest archive of its kind. Now for the first time these high-quality digital copies of original 18th century manuscripts are available in print, making them highly accessible to libraries, undergraduate students, and independent scholars. Western literary study flows out of eighteenth-century works by Alexander Pope, Daniel Defoe, Henry Fielding, Frances Burney, Denis Diderot, Johann Gottfried Herder, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, and others. Experience the birth of the modern novel, or compare the development of language using dictionaries and grammar discourses. ++++ The below data was compiled from various identification fields in the bibliographic record of this title. This data is provided as an additional tool in helping to insure edition identification: ++++ British Library T137572 The imprint is false; possibly printed in Scotland. London: sold by T. Dursley, A. Millard, E. Jobson, D. Evans, and R. Newton, 1783. 145, [1]p.; 12°

Conversations with a Lady on the Plurality of Worlds Translated by Mr Glanvill The Fifth Edition With the Addition of a Sixth Conversation To which is Also Added A Discourse Concerning the Antients and Moderns Translated by Mr Hughes

At Night we went again into the Park , which was now dedicated to our learned
Conversation . Well , Madam , said I , I have great News for you ; that which I told
you last Night of the Moon's being inhabited , may not be so now . There is a new
 ...

Author: M. de Fontenelle (Bernard Le Bovier)

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ISBN: BL:A0019776787

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Women and Science

... natural philosopher Bernard Le Bovier de Fontenelle (1657–1757) published
Conversations on the Plurality of Worlds. ... His Conversations was an attempt to
popularize the Copernican world- view among polite society and its implication ...

Author: Suzanne Le-May Sheffield

Publisher: Rutgers University Press

ISBN: 9780813537375

Category: Science

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From Maria Winkelman's discovery of the comet of 1702 to the Nobel Prize-winning work of twentieth-century scientist Barbara McClintock, women have played a central role in modern science. Their successes have not come easily, nor have they been consistently recognized. This book examines the challenges and barriers women scientists have faced and chronicles their achievements as they struggled to attain recognition for their work in the male-dominated world of modern science.

The New Cambridge Bibliography of English Literature Volume 2 1660 1800

... A plurality of worlds , 1688 , 1695 , 1702 , 1719 ; also tr W . Gardiner ,
Conversations on the plurality of worlds , 1715 ... a new translation by a
gentleman of the Inner Temple , 1760 ; also as A conversation on the plurality of
worlds , 1783 .

Author: George Watson

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 0521079349

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

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More than fifty specialists have contributed to this new edition of volume 2 of The Cambridge Bibliography of English Literature. The design of the original work has established itself so firmly as a workable solution to the immense problems of analysis, articulation and coordination that it has been retained in all its essentials for the new edition. The task of the new contributors has been to revise and integrate the lists of 1940 and 1957, to add materials of the following decade, to correct and refine the bibliographical details already available, and to re-shape the whole according to a new series of conventions devised to give greater clarity and consistency to the entries.

Worlds without End

See Dick, Plurality of Worlds, 120–21. 44. Walter Charleton ... Kepler, Kepler's
Conversation with Galileo's Sidereal Messenger, 44. 49. Henry More, Pierre
Borel, ... Fontenelle, Conversations on the Plurality of Worlds, 4. 52. On the
relationship ...

Author: Mary-Jane Rubenstein

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 9780231527422

Category: Religion

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A religion professor elucidates the theory of the multiverse, its history, and its reception in science, philosophy, religion, and literature. Multiverse cosmologies imagine our universe as just one of a vast number of others. Beginning with ancient Atomist and Stoic philosophies, Mary-Jane Rubenstein links contemporary models of the multiverse to their forerunners and explores the reasons for their recent appearance. One concerns the so-called fine-tuning of the universe: nature's constants are so delicately calibrated that it seems they have been set just right to allow life to emerge. For some thinkers, these "fine-tunings" are evidence of the existence of God; for others, however, and for most physicists, "God" is an insufficient scientific explanation. Hence the multiverse’s allure: if all possible worlds exist somewhere, then like monkeys hammering out Shakespeare, one universe is bound to be suitable for life. Of course, this hypothesis replaces God with an equally baffling article of faith: the existence of universes beyond, before, or after our own, eternally generated yet forever inaccessible to observation or experiment. In their very efforts to sidestep metaphysics, theoretical physicists propose multiverse scenarios that collide with it and even produce counter-theological narratives. Far from invalidating multiverse hypotheses, Rubenstein argues, this interdisciplinary collision actually secures their scientific viability. We may therefore be witnessing a radical reconfiguration of physics, philosophy, and religion in the modern turn to the multiverse. “Rubenstein’s witty, thought-provoking history of philosophy and physics leaves one in awe of just how close Thomas Aquinas and American physicist Steven Weinberg are in spirit as they seek ultimate answers.”—Publishers Weekly “A fun, mind-stretching read, clear and enlightening.”—San Francisco Book Review