Posts tagged ‘France’
Written by Lewis D. Eigen
There is one marvelous scientist who, in the 18th century, not only brought the new mathematics and physics of Isaac Newton to much of France, but also found and corrected some errors that Newton had made—overturning erroneous physics principles that then had general scientific concurrence. The scientist was a woman–Émilie du Châtelet. And yet even many of the modern feminists who have sought to give female scientists due recognition, tend to avoid using this scientist as an example. The reason is that by modern contemporary standards, she was a slut—a sexual libertine. She was a little too liberated. This article is not only about her, but about the culture that to this day inhibits recognition of a female scientist because of her personal sexual predilections—having nothing to do with science.
A dialogue of two Tunisian senior government officials, both Western educated, regarding the problem of modernizing the rural, desert South of the country where religious Islamic fundamentalism and the desert cultural tradition are major obstacles. The modernity, and relatively successful development of the country, with no oil or other natural resources, compared to other Arab countries is historically, culturally and politically explained in this insightful dialogue.
Historical Facts About the Filibuster.