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 Primary Source Edition

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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

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Author: Bernard de Fontenelle

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ISBN: 028204664X

Category: Science

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Excerpt from Conversations on the Plurality of WorldsWhenever I have entered into conversation with any sensible woman on astronomy, I-have always found that she had read Fontenelle's Plurality of Worlds; au'd that his book had excited her. Curiosity on the subject. As it has been so much read already, it must continue to engage at tention: I therefore thought it would be useful to point out its faults; to add some observations, without which the reader would be led into error with respect to the vor tices; to make known the late discoveries; and to shew what numbers, before our author, had written on the plu rality of worlds. But I have made no alterations in the text; the reputation of Fontenelle renders 'him respectable, even in his mistakes.About the PublisherForgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.comThis book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.