Voltaire Foundation at the Taylor Institution, 1992 - 304 pàgines
This intellectual biography stands as the definitive account of Maupertuis's career. His much-publicised quarrel with Voltaire - which ultimately destroyed him - has cast a long shadow over his reputation. Maupertuis's true contribution to eighteenth-century scientific debate re-emerges clearly in this important reassessment.
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Chronology of Maupertuiss life
The scientific background
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