Scientific Opportunism L’Opportunisme scientifique: An Anthology

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Birkhäuser, 2 févr. 2012 - 208 pages
During his lifetime, Henri Poincaré published three major philosophical books which achieved great success: "La science et l'hypothèse" (1902), "La valeur de la science" (1905) and "Science et méthode" (1908). After his death in 1913, a fourth volume of his philosophical works was published by his heirs as "Dernières pensées" (1913). The four books constitute the core of Poincaré's philosophic works and were given an ovation by scientific and general public. Around 1919, Gustave Le Bon wrote to Poincaré's widow. As the director of the "Bibliothèque de Philosophie Scientifique at Flammarion", he asked her permission to publish a second posthumous volume. "L'Opportunisme scientifique" was intended to be the fifth and final volume of Poincaré's philosophical writings. Louis Rougier had elaborated the project, with the collaboration of Gustave Le Bon, and the approval of the philosopher Émile Boutroux and his son Pierre. Because of the reservations of the mathematician's heirs, this book was never published and Dernières pensées remained his last philosophical book. Nevertheless Poincaré's correspondence - which is kept in the Poincaré Archives at University Nancy 2 - contains a large amount of documents concerning the project, its justification and the discussions between Louis Rougier and the mathematician's heirs. The aim of this book is to restore this episode, which gives some crucial informations about editorial practices of Poincaré and about the posterity of his philosophic thinking.
 

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Des Fondements de la Géométrie 1898
5
Les Fondements de la Géométrie 1902
33
Les Fondements de la Géométrie 1902
35
Note sur la Géométrie Non Euclidienne 1900
47
Note sur la Géométrie Non Euclidienne 1900
49
Sur les Hypothèses Cosmogoniques 1911
65
Sur la Stabilité du Système Solaire 1898
77
Le Problème des Trois Corps 1891
85
Cournot et les Principes du Calcul Infinitésimal 1905
111
La Lumière et lÉlectricité daprès Maxwell et Hertz 1894
117
La Télégraphie Sans Fil 1909
127
Le Libre Examen en Matière Scientifique 1909
139
About Henri Poincaré and Gustave Le Bon
149
Translations of Poincarés Writings
165
Bibliography of Poincarés Writings
179
Index Nominum
205

Conférence sur les Comètes 1910
93
Le Démon dArrhenius 1911
101

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