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Faraday and French Physicists*

Nature volume 128, pages 346348 (29 August 1931) | Download Citation



EVEN if it is one of the essential tasks of the historian of science to find exactly what work was done by certain savants, he should still aim at showing the continuity of effort and research—if not of discoveries—by determining the place of the piece of work in question, its antecedents and consequences, what discussion was centred on it, and the depth and rapidity of its penetration into scientific thought. The necessity for consideration of environment would appear to be less if the savant belongs to a fairly recent period, since the speed with which discoveries become generally known has increased steadily through the centuries with the development of what may be called the internationalisation of science.

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    It is interesting to notice that Biot himself spoke in his report with some wonder of electricity being put into motion by simple contact.

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    Arago having shown this experiment to Ampère, the two then collaborated in new work.

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