Article ID: CBB000932979

“Os Pirineus não são ecos”: a montanha como objeto de fronteira (2009)


Lamy, Jérôme (Author)

História, Ciências, Saúde---Manguinhos
Volume: 16
Pages: 789--801

Publication Date: 2009
Edition Details: Article in English. English title: [“The Pyrenees Are Not Hollow”: The Mountain as a Boundary Object]
Language: Portuguese

In Toulouse, around 1850, a controversy about the structure of the Pyrenees pitted observatory director Frederic Petit against geology professor Alexandre Leymerie. The object of the debate was an assumption formulated by Petit: that the inside of the Pyrenees was practically hollow. This proposal was based on work that Petit initiated in order to determine the latitude of Toulouse. The debates, which took place within the Toulouse Academy of Science and also in local newspapers, illustrate the organization of disciplinary spaces in the nineteenth century. Petit defended his research method based on calculation; the geologist's perspective was from the field. The emergence of the less mathematical science of geology came up against nineteenth-century astronomical practices, centered on calculation. Dissected by calculation or by visual observation, the mountain was an object of controversy from the perspective of distinct scientific practices.

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Authors & Contributors
Lamy, Jérôme
Mayo, Dwight Eugene
Davies, Timothy R. H.
John Hairr
Dario Zampieri
Armano, Linda
Natura Alpina, Rivista della Società di Scienze Naturali del Trentino
Journal for the History of Knowledge
Science in Context
Revue d'Histoire des Sciences
Nuncius: Annali di Storia della Scienza
History of Meteorology
Cierre edizioni
Editions du CTHS
University of Oklahoma
Earth sciences
Mines and mining
Astronomical observatories
Esquirol, Jean Étienne Dominique
Scheuchzer, Johann Jakob
Peiresc, Nicolas Claude Fabri de
Milankovic, Milutin
Lyell, Charles
Croll, James
Time Periods
19th century
18th century
17th century
20th century
16th century
Early modern
Toulouse (France)
Alps (Europe)
Pyrenees (France and Spain)
Jesuits (Society of Jesus)

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