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Torricelli et Pascal (2009)


The reception of Torricelli's work in France was widely disputed. This reception occurred during the period of the great debate, which in all academic Europe, from 1640, opposed the proponents of the vacuum against the anti-vacuists. Since 1651, Pascal was accused of appropriating the idea of the experiments of Torricelli proving the existence of empty space. This accusation again came to light in 1906 in a series of articles. After exposing the accusation against Pascal, we will try to understand how the academic community of both France and Italy managed to find credibility in these accusations. Finally, to understand that Pascal was inspired by the work and ideas of Torricelli on emptiness, one cannot deny the originality and the value that was added to the original thesis.


Description On the reception of Torricelli's work in France during the controversy over the existence of a vacuum.

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Authors & Contributors
Jullien, Vincent
Descotes, Dominique
Le Noxaïc, Armand
Koyanagi, Kimiyo
Jones, Matthew L.
Jenkins, Jane E.
Revue d'Histoire des Sciences
Physis: Rivista Internazionale di Storia della Scienza
科学史研究 Kagakusi Kenkyu (History of Science)
Studies in History and Philosophy of Science
VIET: Voprosy Istorii Estestvoznaniia i Tekhniki
Circumscribere: International Journal for the History of Science
Cambridge University Press
Société d'étude du XVIIe siècle
Oxford University Press
Vacuum; emptiness; nothingness
Experiments and experimentation
Controversies and disputes
Science and religion
Pascal, Blaise
Torricelli, Evangelista
Descartes, René
Koyré, Alexandre
More, Henry
Boyle, Robert
Time Periods
17th century
14th century
Great Britain
Royal Society of London

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