Symposium: Science and the City

Exploring Paris through the achievements of early scientists and inventors


Organized by Peggy Mason and Nadine Moeller

Thursday, September 12th 2019

Paris has been the home of groundbreaking discoveries and scientific research in the 19th and early 20th century. With the rise of Napoleon Bonaparte to power, interest in research and science reached new heights, and led to Napoleon embarking in a campaign to Egypt with 150 of the most prominent Parisian scientists, engineers and scholars. The upshot of Napoleon’s expedition was two-fold: 1) it was the dawn of the western world’s fascination with ancient Egypt; and 2) it was the launching pad for many scientists who went on to establish Paris as an academic and intellectual center. Now, four scholars examine the scientific, cultural and historical legacies of Napoleon's militaristically audacious and scientifically innovative venture.


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