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The Man Who Flattened the Earth: Maupertuis and the Sciences in the Enlightenment

Mary Terrall


Self-styled adventurer, literary wit, philosopher, and statesman of science, Pierre-Louis Moreau de Maupertuis (1698–1759) stood at the center of Enlightenment science and culture. Offering an elegant and accessible portrait of this remarkable man, the book uses the story of Maupertuis's life, self-fashioning, and scientific works to explore what it meant to do science and to be a man of science in eighteenth-century Europe. Beginning his scientific career as a mathematician in Paris, Maupertuis entered the public eye with a much-discussed expedition to Lapland, which confirmed Newton's calcul ... More

Keywords: Maupertuis, Enlightenment, Paris, Lapland, Berlin, Prussia, physics, life science, navigation, astronomy, metaphysics

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2002 Print ISBN-13: 9780226793603
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226793627.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mary Terrall, author