Jean d'Alembert, 1717-83

Jean d'Alembert, 1717-83

Jean d'Alembert, 1717-83

Jean d'Alembert, 1717-83

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In its original form this book was a thesis presented to the University of Oxford in 1948 for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy. Since then it has been considerably revised and modified with a view to publication. I should like to take this opportunity of expressing my tardy but sincere acknowledgement of the help given to me by the late Professor Gustave Rudler, who supervised the preparation of the thesis; his wide erudition and critical acumen, as well as his human qualities, were a great source of encouragement.

I am extremely indebted to various French authorities for permission to use manuscript material, and particularly to the officials and librarian of the Institut de France for giving me access to d'Alembert's original papers and the Academy Registers for the period. Many thanks are also due to M. Cl. Roux, the secretary and archivist of the Lyons Academy, who sent complete copies of the various manuscripts relating to the Tolomas affair. In addition to their help in the collection of unpublished material, I am also obliged to a number of French librarians (and especially to the librarian of the Bibliothèque de la Ville de Paris) for calling my attention to some important but little-known publications which have so far escaped the notice of writers dealing with the subject.

R. G.

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